I just thought I'd post this info on a play which was held in Toronto in April 2006, even though the event already happened & I missed it!!
I find it interesting how Nick Drake's life & music inspired this play about about "a fragile person adrift in an indifferent world"
It demonstrates that play or film inspired by Nick Drake's life/music does not have to be biographical or linear story but can be just an expression of the creativity & universality of life experiences.
"A Place to Be" - "The Nick Drake Project was directed by Matthew Heiti
"The Nick Drake Project" is not a biography or a history lesson—these things have all been covered,” says playwright Matthew Heiti. “Everything Nick Drake could say, he said through his music. The Nick Drake Project is, above all else, an expression of that need to say something, the longing to be heard.”
I am posting the rest of the original play description, a performance of the Toronto Underground Renaissance Theatre Group.
"Place to Be-The Nick Drake Project"
by Matthew Heiti
at Alumnae Studio Theatre
70 Berkeley Street
April 6-8 and 12-15 at 8:00pm
(Wednesday, April 12th performance is PWYC)
Tickets: $15 ($12 for students/senior)
For more information, please call 905-466-1635
Toronto, Ontario (Canada) — Toronto Underground Renaissance is pleased to announce the world premiere of Place to Be: The Nick Drake Project. This uncompromising adventure about a fragile person adrift in an indifferent world will run at the Alumnae Studio Theatre from April 6-8 and 12-15 at 8:00pm.
Billy Moon has become trapped in the nine-to-five life of crowded subways and fluorescent offices. Unable to find a place in ordinary society, Billy packs his suitcase and runs away from home. He becomes lost in a strange land, alive with traveling musicians, railroad hobos, and mythological creatures. Pursued by the specter of a great black dog, Billy’s journeys finally lead him to the very edge of the world, where he must confront the demons of his own mind. Inspired by the music and life’s work of Nick Drake, Place to Be: The Nick Drake Project is a dark adventure about the need to reconnect to the fantasy in our daily lives. It is about the black holes a person can fall into and the journey home.
Nick Drake was a British musician who recorded three albums in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. He died in the early hours of November 25th, 1974, from an overdose of antidepressants. Selling some 20,000 albums during his lifetime, Drake was virtually unknown until after his death. Over the years, his chillingly beautiful melodies and voice have drawn people to his music. Pilgrims flock to his gravesite in Tanworth-in-Arden, England, searching for answers to a man who will forever remain an enigma.
Told using a mixture of theatre, dance, music and puppetry, Place to Be: The Nick Drake Project promises to be an exhilarating piece of live theatre, and a stirring tribute to one of music’s greatest unsung heroes.
Toronto Underground Renaissance is dedicated to providing unique and vital live entertainment to Toronto audiences. Over the past two years, TUR has produced full-length plays in Richard Kirwin’s An Evening with Mr. J, and Matthew Heiti’s Scar. The company also stages an annual summer festival, Squiggest, showcasing the best in grassroots theatre, dance, live bands, DJs, and comedians. Some of Squiggfest’s stellar acts have included comedian Darrin Rows, sketch troupe Todd’s Lunch, and musician Peter Katz. By helping artists with unrecognized talent be heard, Toronto Underground Renaissance is committed to a rebirth of the arts in Toronto