The Mask behind the Face

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The Mask Behind the Face is a new cabaret performance exploring artistic identity. Inspired by classical composers who had a musical or personal relationship with cabaret, this collection of songs features some of the twentieth centuries most fascinating and well-loved writing partnerships: Weill and Brecht; Poulenc and Apollinaire; Britten and Auden; plus a few other surprises along the way.

An emcee takes leads his performers and the audience on a journey spanning Paris, Berlin, London, New York and two world wars in search of an answer to the question: how do we define our identity as an artist and as a human being?

A newly devised staging of cabaret song by the innovative music theatre collective Re:Sound, performed by Rebecca Lea, Jonathan Ainscough and Peter Foggitt, and directed by Katherine Wilde.

Commissioned by and with the generous support The Queen’s College, Oxford, for the opening of The Shulman Auditorium in October 2011, and revised with a new original script for the Lake District Summer Music Festival in August 2012.


8pm, Sunday 12th August 2012
The Theatre by the Lake
The Lake District Summer Music Festival

9pm, Wednesday 26th October 2011
8pm, Thursday 27th October 2011
The Shulman Auditorium
The Queen’s College, Oxford

Gallery of photographs taken at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick as part of the Lake District Summer Music Festival in August 2012:


Singer…..Rebecca Lea
Singer…..Jonathan Ainscough
Piano……Peter Foggitt
Director…Katherine Wilde

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