Digital ProgramMessage In A Bottle
25 – 29 October 2023
A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK Production MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Directed and Choreographed by Kate Prince Based on the songs of Sting With ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company A Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK production co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford. Research and development supported by The MOVEment.
This performance will run for approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, and also includes a 20 minute interval.
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Recommended for audiences 7+.
Message In A Bottle contains some scenes of an adult nature.
A universal story of loss, hope, fear and love, Message In A Bottle, melds strikingly bold choreography from renowned choreographer Kate Prince with the anthemic nature of iconic artist Sting’s music, to create a deeply evocative narrative exploring connection and belonging. With its fusion of art forms and contemporary themes, it is a spectacular addition to the Contemporary Performance program. We’re delighted to bring a globally renowned work from Sadler's Wells to the Opera House for its Australian premiere as part of our 50th birthday celebrations and hope you find it as uplifting as we do.
Head of Contemporary Performance
Sydney Opera House
We live in a world where one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. In 2022 statistics show that over 100million people around the globe had been forced from their homes. More than thirty-two million of those people are refugees, and half of them are under eighteen years old. We are confronted by stories of displacement every day - in newspapers, on television and on our streets. We regularly hear about migrants fleeing oppressive regimes, but the focus is often on the catastrophic political in-fighting and violence and we lose sight of the people affected. Message In A Bottle is an imagined story about one family. In a village in a country far away, the community live well and support each other. But when civil war breaks out this idyll of existence is devastated as the community is broken and homes destroyed. We follow the fortunes of a father, mother and their three teenage children – Leto, Mati and Tana – who face this brutal reality together. They are confronted with impossible choices in order to survive. They must leave their homeland and undertake a perilous journey to safer shores. Along the way they will be separated from each other and have to persevere alone. Inspired by the passionate, evocative and iconic music of Sting - Message In A Bottle is a universal story of loss, fear, survival, hope and love.
Message In A Bottle
I dream of love as time runs through my hand.
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
There’d be nothing left for me to do….
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
I resolve to call her up, a thousand times a day, and ask her if she’ll marry me, in some old fashioned way
Fields Of Gold
Will you stay with me, will you be my love… as we lie in fields of gold.
King Of Pain
There’s a little black spot on the sun today.
If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one, drying in the colour of the evening sun, tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away, but something in our minds will always stay.
Don’t Stand So Close To Me
To hurt they try and try
And they’re only going to change this place, by killing everybody in the human race… But I don’t even wanna die just yet, there has to be an invisible sun, that gives us hope when the whole day’s done.
As the wind blows, growing colder, against the sad boats, as we flee, anxious eyes, search in darkness, with the rising of the sea.
A Thousand Years
A million roads, a million fears, a million suns, ten million years of uncertainty.
Shadows In The Rain
I woke up in my clothes again this morning, I don’t know exactly where I am.
Every Breath You Take
Since you’ve gone I’ve been lost without a trace, I dream at night I can only see your face.
Message In A Bottle
Rescue me before I fall into despair… I’ll send an S.O.S. to the world.
Spirits In The Material World
There is no political solution, to our troubled evolution.
If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free
If you want to keep something precious, you’ve got to lock it up and throw away the key
Brand New Day
I’m thinking in a brand new way… I’m starting up a brand new day.
Love Is The Seventh Wave
There is a deeper wave than this rising in the world.
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Don’t think me unkind, words are hard to find, they’re only cheques I’ve left unsigned, from the banks of chaos in my mind.
Walking On The Moon
Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon… We could walk forever… we could live together…walking on the moon.
Be Still My Beating Heart
Be still my beating heart, or I’ll be taken for a fool.
Englishman In New York
Be yourself, no matter what they say.
Shape Of My Heart
I’m not a man of too many faces, the mask I wear is one.
The Bed’s Too Big Without You
I can’t sleep with your memory, dreaming dreams of what used to be, when she left I was cold inside.
You don’t have to put on the red light, those days are over, you don’t have to sell your body to the night.
And I can only play that part, and sit and nurse my broken heart.
Fields Of Gold
Will you stay with me, will you be my love among the fields of barley? We’ll forget the sun in this jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold.
The Empty Chair
If I should close my eyes, that my soul can see, and there’s a place at the table that you saved for me.
They Dance Alone
One day we’ll dance on their graves, one day we’ll sing our freedom, one day we’ll laugh in our joy, and we’ll dance.
All songs written by Sting
Co-writers: Cheb Mami (Desert Rose), Dominic Miller (Shape Of My Heart), Kipper (A Thousand Years), J. Ralph (The Empty Chair)
Steerpike (Overseas) Limited)/Magnetic Publishing Ltd administered by EMI Music Publishing Limited (Shape Of My Heart)
Steerpike (Overseas) Limited/M. Khelifati administered by EMI Music Publishing Limited/Delabel Editions (Desert Rose)
Steerpike (Overseas) Limited/Mark Eldridge administered by EMI Music Publishing Limited/Diverse Music (A Thousand Years)
Steerpike (Overseas) Limited/J. Ralph administered by EMI Music Publishing Limited/Tubby & The Spaniard Music Publishing, LLC
COMPANY (in alphabetical order)
Oliver Andrews, Lindon Barr, David Cottle, Deavion Brown, Harrison Dowzell, Nestor Garcia Gonzalez, Natasha Gooden, Lizzie Gough, Anna Holström, Megan Ingram, Ajani Johnson-Goffe, Daniella May, Dylan Mayoral, Lukas McFarlane, Robbie Ordona, Lara Renaud, Hannah Sandilands, Jessey Stol, Steven Thompson, Malachi Welch
Director & Choreographer
Music & Lyrics
Music Supervisor & New Arrangements
Music Producer & Arranger
Music Co-Producer & Mixer
Music Associate & Additional Arrangements
Tommy Franzen, Lizzie Gough
REMOUNT PRODUCTION TEAM
Lindon Barr, Hannah Sandilands
Miwa Mitsuhashi, Sabia Smith
Tevae Humphreys, Bethan Owens
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Production Stage Manager
Touring Production Electrician/Relighter
Head of Sound
Head of Video
Head of Wardrobe
Deputy Head of Wardrobe
Deputy Head of Lighting
MUSICIANS (NEW ARRANGEMENTS)
Drums Kristoffer Sonne
Electric Guitars Staffan Astner
Bass, Guitars & Keys Martin Terefe
Piano, Keys & Guitar Alex Lacamoire
Guitar, Keys, Backing Vocals & Programming Oskar Winberg
Lead Vocals (Fields Of Gold, Invisible Sun)
& If You Love Somebody Set Them Free) Beverley Knight
Lead Vocals (The Bed’s Too Big Without You) Lynval Golding Lead Vocals (Don’t Stand So Close To Me) Claudia Georgette Vocals (Inshallah & They Dance Alone) Shaneeka Simon Vocals (Inshallah & Invisible Sun) Christella Litras
Bass John Garrison
Piano & Keys Nikolaj Tor
Percussion Daniel Freedman
Programming D.J. Walde
Drum Programming Noah Terefe
Glen Scott (choir leader), Christella Litras, Shaneeka Simon, Jermaine (Jaz)
Ellington, Chérie Johnson, Dylan Turner, Ellena Vincent, Cleveland Watkiss, Coretta Scott, Jack Vasiliou, Shean Williams, Denise Pearson, Laura Vasiliou
Violin Patrick Savage
Violin Shelley Britton
Viola Emma Owens
Cello Chris Fish
Saxophone Carlos Sosa
Trombone Raul Vallejo
Trumpet Fernando Castillo
ORIGINAL CREATION PRODUCTION TEAM
Music Assistant to Alex Lacamoire & Additional Arrangements
New arrangements recorded at
Kensaltown Studios & Eastcote Studios, London
Sting’s vocals produced by
Martin Kierszenbaum, Martin Terefe
The use of musical compositions is by arrangement with Steerpike (Overseas) Ltd administered by EMI Music Publishing
All lead vocals sung by Sting, apart from Fields of Gold, Invisible Sun and If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, which are sung by Beverley Knight MBE, and Bed’s Too Big Without You which is sung by Lynval Golding.
All songs written by Sting. Co-writers: Cheb Mami (Desert Rose), Dominic Miller (Shape Of My Heart), Kipper (A Thousand Years) J.Ralph (The Empty Chair).
Cherrytree Music Company (Sting’s Management) Martin Kierszenbaum, Nicole VanGiesen, Meghan Johansson
Forge Ahead Media, Inc. (Sting PR) Tracy Bufferd
DawBell (Sting UK PR) Stu Bell, Dave Palmer
For Sadler’s Wells
Artistic Director & Chief Executive
Alistair Spalding CBE
Head of Producing & Touring
Head of Production
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Head of Media & Communications
Trainee Assistant Producer
Producing & Touring Trainee
Universal Music UK
ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company
Founder & Artistic Director
Associate Artistic Director
Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe
Flo Buckeridge & Chantal Spiteri
Sandra Castell Garcia
Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tour Booking (UK & International)
Kayte Potter, Fiona Buffham & Rebecca Bose for Great
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Head of Contemporary Performance
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Event Account Manager
Aubs L. Tredget
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Head of Operations and Business Management, SOHP
Kate Di Mattina
Business Analyst, SOHP