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Arts Centre Supports Norwich Band to Take Show to COP26

Norwich Arts Centre has enabled Norfolk’s The Neutrinos to take their extraordinary show Darkroom to Glasgow for the COP26 International Climate Change Conference.

The band had been hoping to take the show to Glasgow for the conference but funding had been proving elusive until Norwich’s award winning ‘home of the arts’ stepped in with a some crucial financial support alongside Bamboo Mental Health and UEA’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Norwich City Council supplied some hugely appreciated support in kind. Money was also raised by a collection from audience members at the True Stories Live event at NAC and from public donations via a crowdfunding appeal.

Darkroom, is a Covid-safe, contactless, ten minute sound and senses installation/show performed in complete darkness for a single audience member. It explores climate chaos and was developed with (and performed to) scientists from Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research earlier this year as a development of their smash hit KlangHaus show that sold out over one hundred performances at London’s SouthBank Centre.

Karen Reilly of The Neutrinos said “Through collecting feedback, thoughts and feelings from those attending, we realised that KlangHaus shows could deeply affect an audience. When Covid struck we defiantly decided to make a show for audiences of one to enable us to continue performing. We were already talking to The Tyndall Centre and were thrilled when they invited us to develop and perform Darkroom in one of their research labs.”

‘Really different, truly dark, humanness and connectivity… it was a levelling experience’ – Asher Minns, Executive Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UEA

‘Being alone in the dark invites you to imagine being alone with a complete climate breakdown. It brings home the power of the natural world – the powerlessness of a single human being in the absence of society. Humans need society’ – Catherine Rowett Professor of Philosophy, UEA and former Green Party MEP

Darkroom will run at Listen Gallery in Glasgow city centre every thirty minutes between 1pm and 8pm from 8th to 13th November. Anyone in Glasgow on the show days can book a free ticket via www.neutrinos.co.uk where donations can also be made.

Norwich audiences will be able to experience elements of Darkroom next month when the band return to the city on 11 December to perform two shows (4pm and 8pm) at Norwich Arts Centre.

Karen Reilly added “Darkroom feels like an important show for us, to take our skills as artists and get people thinking, talking and moving towards a change in the way we live. For all those who have donated to help us get to COP, thank you, it feels like we’re taking you with us! Through our close ties with the Universities Climate Network and Strathclyde University we’re hoping to get COP26 delegates into the show.”

The Neutrinos are Jon Baker bass, synths, vocals; Mark Howe vocals, guitar; Jeron Gundersen drums, percussion; Karen Reilly vocals, percussion.

They have been hailed as ‘total game changers’ by The Guardian and ‘truly outstanding’ by The Daily Telegraph

‘Breathes a lungful of fresh air into gig-going and theatre alike’ – The Sunday Times (on KlangHaus)

More information on the group and all upcoming shows can be found at www.neutrinos.co.uk.

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