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Susan Elkin interviews James “Jim” Fortune

Composer JAMES FORTUNE – who prefers to be known as Jim to avoid confusion with the well-known American jazz musician of the same name – and I are chatting in the National Theatre’s balcony interview room.

He has slipped out of Periclesrehearsals downstairs to meet me. “This Pericles is pretty special and unusual because it has a cast of 200 including seven cameo groups who represent the diversity of London.”

He then lists them for me: “They are Ascension Eagles, Faithworks Gospel Choir, London Bulgarian Choir, Manifest Nation, The Archetype Dance Team, The Bhavan and the Youthsayers.”

So how on earth do you incorporate all that into Pericles? …

Read the rest of this interview at Musical Theatre Review: http://musicaltheatrereview.com/the-whole-show-is-a-celebration-of-what-we-can-do-in-multicultural-london-composer-james-fortune-on-why-the-national-theatres-pericles-is-pretty-special/

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Susan Elkin
Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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