.. and another! James Yabut on Toxic Monks with Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Toxic Monks 300dpi 3 (poster image)

Written by James Yabut, City Living Local Life

The divine and comedic combine to great effect in Jacek Ludwig Scarso’s Toxic Monks – a part-concert/part-installation performance that takes its audience on a trip from the banal to the sublime to a soundtrack of Gregorian chant and barbershop classics.

Jacek, who lectures in performing arts at London Metropolitan University, joined forces with The Old Telephone Exchange quartet last year after meeting them at a Royal Opera House event. Inspired by the group’s repertoire, he decided, in a reversal of the norm, to create a piece of work based on their musical choices. “I wanted to theatricalise their concert,” he explains.

Staged at Kensal Green Cemetery’s Dissenters’ Chapel (20 & 21 June), the result is a humorous, but affecting, 40-minute journey through life and death that begins and ends amongst the tombstones.

We first spy the monks larking about amongst the graves:…

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