A Portrait in song
ABOUT THE PROJECT
18 contemporary songs inspired by the life and times of the great literary figure, Virginia Woolf.
The songs highlight aspects of Woolf’s life from the nursery in Hyde Park Gate through to her suicide in 1941, and features such haunting songs as Lady Dance, Voices In My Head, Angel In The House and Time Apart To Breathe. Songs inspired by events surrounding Woolf and her friends include Sunflower and Reluctant Warrior, along with others celebrating her relationships with her sister Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf and Vita Sackville West. Too long perceived as a tragic heroine, Woolf - a portrait in song is a celebration of the life of this remarkable woman in music and words.
ABOUT VIRGINIA WOOLF
Virginia Woolf was a central member of The Bloomsbury Group and, with her husband Leonard, the founder of The Hogarth Press publishing house. Her first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915. During the 1920s she established her reputation with four remarkable novels - Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, A Room Of One’s Own and The Waves. Virginia Woolf found a way of conveying her characters’ emotions, and her own, in a completely innovative way - not just to the readers of her novels and letters, but also through her diaries, which she started to keep when she was just thirteen. She was particularly interested in women’s experiences and wrote essays and articles expressing new ideas on the roles of women.
Although her personal life was troubled by a recurring and increasing despondency, it was also characterised by its zest. In between periods of mental instability, laughter was never far away. Friends and relatives testify to her joy of life, and to her unique, and sometimes wicked, sense of humour.
Too long perceived as a tragic heroine, Woolf - a portrait in song redresses the balance and is a celebration of the life of this remarkable woman - a celebration in music and words.
PROMOTIONAL - EPK
A portrait in song
Narrative + song extract
The following playlist contains the show's spoken narrative followed by the song (extract).
The following playlist contains the full versions of the songs.