Music inspired by 'Badjelly the Witch' and 'Anne Boleyn'

by Adrian Hollay

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about

This album consists of music written for a short animated film and two theatre productions by the Auckland Theatre Company. "Badjelly the Witch" is a children's play based on the book by Spike Milligan. "Anne Boleyn" is a play on the life of Anne Boleyn by English author Howard Brenton.

The first four tracks are music for the short film "Apart", which was composed as part of a competition. The tracks provide the thematic glue that combines the music for the two theatre plays on this album. "Apart" is about a couple in love who are physically separated. They each live on an island and try to find a way across to reach the other.

That disconnection is also part of the story of "Badjelly the Witch". Two children go on a quest to find their cow which was abducted by the evil witch Badjelly. In order to rescue their beloved animal they have to sneak into the witch's lair on top of the mountain.

Anne Boleyn's story is very much a story of growing disconnection between her and her husband Henry VIII. At the base of their story is also the big rift between the catholic and protestant faiths.
The Auckland Theatre Company's production of the play set the story in the 1950s and put a modern twist on it, it's the time of Rock 'n' Roll.

credits

released October 4, 2015

All music is composed, performed and produced by Adrian Hollay.
Bodhran on 'Folk Tune' performed by Sean McCann.

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Adrian Hollay New Zealand

Adrian has composed and recorded numerous soundtracks for theatre, dramas, animation films and documentaries in New Zealand and in his native Germany.

He works with New Zealand's leading theatre company, the Auckland Theatre Company and has written music for chamber groups, such as Australia's Plexus Ensemble. Further works include a string quartet, a piano trio, and a violin and piano duo.
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