Alone in her shabby bedsit, a forgotten Britannia sits, haunted by tunes on the radio and memories of a faded past, singing grief and lost glory.
Moving through a world of shadows from Arthurian myth to Brexit malaise, this mesmeric mix of theatre and song cycle explores imperial nostalgia, war memorialisation and the impossible longing for a lost golden age. Looped madrigals and cabaret cantatas mix with violin odes to evoke the fractured rituals of a magpie past.
Written during and inspired by the isolation of lockdown, this new work from ‘Brechtian Kate Bush’ TSarzi is a study of England as it is now: hooked on the past and wary of the future. A genre-defying piece both astute and absurd, Gone to the Dogs is a show about nostalgia and lost identity – both of self and nation; of the tyranny of memory and the fear of irrelevancy.
TSarzi is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been featured on BBC6 Music and garnered comparisons to Amanda Palmer, Regina Spektor and Nina Simone. Moving across genres and instruments, from keys to violin to vocal loops, her work defies easy classification - at turns funny, sad, and arresting.
Her 2018 debut Last decade of Love received BBC6Music play and came to the attention of Tom Robinson, who dubbed it ‘one of the most imaginative records’ he heard that year.
Dubbed 'Kate Bush at her most Brechtian' for her theatrical stage manner and eccentric style of songs, her latest work moves into the world of performance art - mixing movement, theatre and spoken word alongside even more outlandish and unclassifiable music.
Press & Reviews
Now Then Magazine - 'Kate Bush at her most Brechtian'
Exposed magazine - "Religiously experimental"
Audience responses -
"Nothing like any performance I've seen before"
"A fantastic experience, I was mesmerised"
"Wonderfully diverse & powerful"
Praise for Last Decade of Love:
"The most imaginative record I heard all year" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
"Wonderfully observational, witty and blissfully imaginative" - Fifty3Musings (for Glastonbury Emerging)
Cast & Creative Team Writer & performer: TSarzi