In Our Bones at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Thursday 27 February 2020

Festivals - Off-West End - Shows

Diniwe and the Hadedas bring their multimedia performance - In Our Bones - to Vault Festival next month, imagining a vision of hope in ecological crisis.

Following success in The Drum at Theatre Royal Plymouth in May last year, music collective Diniwe and the Hadedas' multimedia gig-theatre show In Our Bones transfers to London's Vault Festival next month with new London-based collaborators: painter Alice Hartley, multi-instrumentalist Finn Boxer and cellist Will Langstone (Armed with Bow).

In the show, four musicians and a painter imagine a vision of hope in ecological crisis.

Freddie Crossley in In Our Bones - Photo by Grace Jenkins

Freddie Crossley - Photo by Grace Jenkins

Freddie Crossley, one half of the creative team behind the production, said ...

"In Our Bones is about our Landscape.

It's about the earth that we inherit from the past and the earth we choose to leave for the future."

Innovative and radical, In Our Bones was made out of a single poem by Don Paterson, processed through a series of machines and formulae to create new text, new motifs and melodies, set free in the combined imaginations of Femi Oriogun-Williams and Freddie Crossley.

Now, in its London transfer, with a live, backlit painting, it is unified with borrowed voices and new collaborators in three one-off performances at London's VAULT Festival (from 3 to 5 March) that speak of the most pressing issue in the last 10,000 years: impending environmental and social disaster.

Diniwe and the Hadedas remake In Our Bones with new collaborators local to every venue they perform in.

This unique production promises to be unlike anything you've seen before: a song cycle calling for action and hope in ecological crisis.

Femi Oriogun-Williams in In Our Bones - photo by Grace Jenkins

Femi Oriogun-Williams in In Our Bones - photo by Grace Jenkins

About the company

Diniwe and the Hadedas are a multimedia collective working in Visual Art, Music, Text, Theatre and the in-betweens.

Based in the South West, their previous work has toured to festivals in the UK and internationally.

In Our Bones was made and performed at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth and originally commissioned by the University of Cambridge.

In Our Bones is performed and written by sound, radio and podcast editor, sound artist, writer and musician Femi Oriogun-Williams, and artist, director, potter, chef, performer and musician Freddie Crossley.

For these three unique performances, Femi and Freddie collaborate with multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Finn Boxer, cellist, composer and radio host Will Langstone aka Armed With Bow, and artist, Alice Hartley.

Alice Hartley will paint a huge 4x3m backlit painting live throughout the performance.

Alice was selected and exhibited in New Contemporaries 2014, and has exhibited across the country, throughout Europe and North America.

The show will be operated by Belgian sound and lighting designer Jeroen Wuyts who usually works for award winning, internationally touring companies Ontroerend Goed and SkaGen.

Show listing information


"We wander the sunset plains, like nomads awaiting the rains".

Four musicians and a painter imagine an astonishing and beautiful vision of hope in ecological crisis.

Processed through formulae and machine, set free in imagination and music, Diniwe and the Hadedas explode a single poem by Don Paterson in a song-cycle that speaks of migration, landscape, roots, heritage and home.

A multimedia collaboration collaging voices, song, poetry and paint, calling for action on the most pressing issue in the last ten million years.

Profound, ridiculous and beautiful.


Freddie Crossley: Accordion, Keyboard, Trumpet, Clarinet, Vocals

Femi Oriogun-Williams: Guitar, Keyboard, Clarinet, Vocals

Alice Hartley: Live Painter

Finn Boxer: Guitar, pedals, Wasp Keyboard, Vocals

Will Langstone: Cello, Pedals, Vocals


Author: Co-Creators: Freddie Crossley, Femi Oriogun-Williams
Production: Diniwe and the Hadedas


The Vaults - Crescent
Leake Street


From: Tuesday 3 March 2020

Closed: Thursday 5 March 2020


Standard: From £13


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