Undersong

Spring-Summer 2020 Tour postponed in light of ongoing public health emergency


Undersong places you at the heart of a musical experience.
Singers weave amongst you and around the space, filling the air with song.

You are invited to simply listen, as the performers shape the music around you.
Different for every seat. Different every night.
The songs range from playful whispers to rich harmony.

For Undersong, Verity draws inspiration from Eastern European folk songs, contemporary classical works, and pop anthems.

We are very disappointed that we must postpone the upcoming performances of Undersong.

The nature of this special show – and part of its particular appeal – is the opportunity to experience music in a place of intimacy. To share moments of beauty and surprise up-close with fellow audience members, to witness performers sharing elaborate harmonies within touching distance.

A key ambition for this tour was to make arrangements that open performances of Undersong to people who might not normally attend events of this kind. We have been working with partner venues to explore shows for local primary schools, isolated older people, young carers, social clubs and more. We believe that Undersong is a potent example of music’s power to bring people together in a shared physical and emotional space. And we do not want to continue with performances until we can make invitations to these groups without putting anyone at risk.

We are working with all our tour partners to reschedule the dates for another time. As soon as know more, we’ll post it here.

‘One of the most extraordinary pieces of performance I’ve ever seen.’ - Exeunt

‘Undersong is truly transformative’ - Miro Magazine

‘A visceral and life-affirming experience’ - Bristol 24/7

‘Blown away by Verity Standen’s Undersong. The way she composes music makes me feel like I’m in a jacuzzi of sound and I never want to get out, even if I go all wrinkly.’ – Audience member, Mayfest 2018.


Produced MAYK in association with Verity Standen Projects. Commissioned by MAYK, Bristol Old Vic and Ovalhouse. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Previous development supported by Complicite, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Shoreditch Town Hall and The Point Eastleigh.


Image: Undersong in performance at St George’s Bristol as part of Mayfest 2018, photo by Paul Blakemore.

Video: Undersong Trailer by Paul Blakemore.

Composer: Verity Standen

Performers: Connor Going, Damelola Rowe, Dominie Hooper, Ellie Showering, Jannah Warlow, Jennifer John, Kate Smith, Tom Penn & Verity Standen.

2018 company included: Coco Mbassi, Dominika Jarosz & Henry McGrath

Sound Designer: Jack Drewry

Movement Director: Clare Reynolds

Originally devised with: Laila Diallo

Lighting Designer: Ben Pacey

Dramaturg: John Norton

Costume Advisor: Hannah Wolfe

Outside Eye: Tom Morris

Composing Mentor: Orlando Gough