The Playlist: 2015 at the theatre

As with previous years, ‘The Playlist’ is a musical summary of the year’s theatre-going. The rule is (mostly) simple: find a piece of music that encapsulates either the production or my response to it (or both, as the case often is). The only catch is I cannot re-use a piece from a previous year, even if it is the same text.
Thus, here is The Playlist for 2015.

1.    Radiance: End Titles, Mick Harvey
2.    Camille O’Sullivan – Changeling: In These Shoes, Camille O’Sullivan *
3.    Masquerade: Further Than The Sun, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
4.    Falling Through Clouds: Planet Factory Floor, Joby Talbot
5.    Ukchuk-ga: Pansori Mother Courage: Changseung Taryong, from Pansori Chukpyuk-ka, Kim Chong Man
6.    Tabac Rouge: Bahamut, Hazmat Modine
7.    Kiss and Cry: From Small Beginnings, Paul Reeves
8.    After Dinner: The Boys Light Up, Australian Crawl *
9.    The Kitchen: Chappaqua (excerpt 1), Ravi Shankar
10.  The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’: Coin-Operated Boy [excerpt], The Dresden Dolls
11.  The Magic Flute: Queen of the Night aria, W.A. Mozart *
12.  ASYLUM: Letters from Jamshed, Urthboy
13.  4.48 Psychosis: Adventures (Unaltered), György Ligeti
14.  Treasure Island (NTLive): The Curse of the Black Spot, Murray Gold
15.  Kill the Messenger: Sound sculptures III, Paul Healy
16.  Yasukichi Murakami: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto
17.  Richard: Prelude, from Richard III [Edited], William Walton
18.  Suddenly Last Summer: That Night He Told Me Everything, Craig Armstrong
19.  Blue Wizard: Hallo Spaceboy, David Bowie, with Pet Shop Boys
20.  Man of La Mancha: The Impossible Dream (The Quest), Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion *
21.  Hamlet (Sydney Shakespeare Company): Hamlet Fantasy Overture [Excerpt], Tchaikovsky
22.  As You Like It: As You Like It, Christopher Gordon
23.  What Rhymes with Cars and Girls: Under the Flight Path, Tim Rogers *
24.  Caress/Ache: Epilogue (III.4), from Akhnaten, Philip Glass
25.  Riverrun: Salute, Lanie Lane
26.  Elektra / Orestes: Remember Us, Tyler Bates
27.  Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture, Christoph Willibald Gluck *
28.  Frame of Mind: Jesus Love Never Failed Me Yet (I), Gavin Bryars*
29.  Endgame: Forest Atmosphere, from The Daleks, Tristram Cary
30.  The ANZAC Project: Gallipoli, for string quartet, Ross Edwards
31.  Jumpy: Knowing the Ropes, Michael Nyman
32.  Five Properties of Chainmale: Moan Thing, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
33.  Boys Will Be Boys: Man-Size, PJ Harvey
34.  Behind the Beautiful Forevers (NTLive): Mausam and Escape, A. R. Rahman
35.  The Rocky Horror Show: The Time Warp, Richard O’Brien *
36.  A Town Called War Boy: The Nek, Stephen Rae
37.  Grounded: Flight to Compound, Alexandre Desplat
38.  The Wizard of Oz: I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, Judy Garland *
39.  The Importance of Being Earnest: Crazy In Love (Kid Koala Version), Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
40.  Samson: We Were Just Kids, Flynn Wheeler & Christopher O’Young
41.  Zeroville: Hanna’s Theme, The Chemical Brothers
42.  A View from the Bridge (NTLive): Introitus (Excerpt), from Requiem, W.A. Mozart
43.  Blue Italian / Nil By Sea: Vivere, Carlo Buti
44.  Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe in cinemas): Goths War Chant, Django Bates *
45.  The Hard Problem (NTLive): Prelude, from Cello Suite No. 1 (on Piano), J.S. Bach *
46.  The House on the Lake: Watashi wo Toru Taki wa Watashi Dake wo Totte Ne, Jonny Greenwood
47.  She Only Barks at Night: Aheym, Bryce Dessner
48.  The Merchant of Venice: The Gold Digger's Song (We're In The Money), Fred Astaire
49.  Mother Courage and Her Children: The Instead Of Song, Kurt Weill
50.  Battle of Waterloo: Lonely Child, Kira Pura & The Bruise
51.  Misterman: Devil’s Spoke, Laura Marling*
52.  Birdland: Birdland, Patti Smith
53.  North by Northwest: Overture, from North by Northwest, Bernard Herrmann*
54.  lore: Gathering, from I.B.I.S, Steve Francis *
55.  The Dog / The Cat: The Lovecats, The Cure
56.  Triassic Parq: We Are Dinosaurs, Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo *
57.  The Dapto Chaser: Dog Days Are Over, Florence + The Machine
58.  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): As Much As You Like It For Nothing, The Reduced Shakespeare Company *
59.  Of Mice and Men: Open Spaces, Jonny Greenwood
60.  War Crimes: ‘STRAYA, Terry Mann
61.  Love and Information: Arena, Daft Punk
62.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Good Night, from On An Overgrown Path, Leoš Janáček, arr. Tognetti
63.  Seventeen: Forever Young, Youth Group
64.  The Piano Thief / Receivers: Galaxy Quest: Main Theme, David Newman
65.  The Bleeding Tree: Stagger Lee, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
66.  The Present: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, Peter Maxwell Davies
67.  Matilda, the musical: Naughty, Tim Minchin *
68.  The Tempest: Where The Bee Sucks, Alan John *
69.  La Traviata: Discotraviata, El Iconoclasta
70.  Death and the Maiden: Scherzo, from String Quartet No. 14, Schubert *
71.  6 Degrees of Ned Kelly: Son of a Scoundrel, Kris Kristofferson
72.  MinusOneSister: Pruit Igoe & Prophecies, Philip Glass
73.  All About Medea: Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel *
74.  Ivanov: Inside-Out, Paul Cantelon
75.  The Boy at the Edge of Everything: The Galaxy Song, Monty Python
76.  They Saw A Thylacine: The Wilderness / What Kind of Tiger?, Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira & Andrew Lancaster
77.  The Red Balloon: Carl Goes Up, Michael Giacchino
78.  Extinction: Old Town, Tommy Emmanuel
79.  Edward II: Arrest Them, Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser
80.  Manic Pixie Dream World: Monster, Kanye West, feat. Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver *
81.  Three Sisters: Like a Dream, Mark Bennett
82.  A Rabbit for Kim Jong-Il: Brian / Brian’s Log, Murray Gold
83.  Dead Centre/Sea Wall: Arbenita (11 Years), Max Richter
84.  Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare): To be or not to be, Patrick Doyle
85.  Cats: Overture, from Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber *
86.  Blood Bank: Hillcrest Park, Nigel Godrich
87.  Mortido: Drive of Death, Craig Armstrong, Marius de Vries & Nellee Hooper
88.  Roadkill Propaganda: Woman on the Slab, David Arnold and Michael Price
89.  We Are The Ghosts of the Future: Theme from My Place, Roger Mason
90.  Orlando: The King’s Tulips, David Motion & Sally Potter
91.  A Riff on Keef: The Human Myth: It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It), The Rolling Stones
92.  Hamlet (Montague Basement): Simba, It’s To Die For, Hans Zimmer
93.  King Lear: Theme from King Lear, Giya Kancheli
94.  Shakespearealism: God, I Hate Shakespeare, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
95.  Love’s Labour’s Lost: Finale: Allegro maestoso, from Love’s Labour’s Lost (Suite for small orchestra), Gerard Finzi


The Playlist will return in 2016.

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