A Dream Turns Sour

Multimedia Concert

For A Dream Turns Sour,  The Tiger Lillies transform British first world war poetry - by the likes of Arthur West, John McCrae, Noel Hodgson and Wilfred Owen - into a haunting, angry, lyrical set of songs, performed against the backdrop of Mark Holthusen's beautifully crafted video projections.

" I decided to look at all the poets from the Great War who actually died. There were a lot, in fact most poets seemed to die in action. They expressed deep sorrow, anger, irony and bitterness in beautiful and heartfelt ways. It was very easy for me to set that to music. It was also very easy to shed tears for their suffering… Theirs after all was a death sentence. " Martyn Jacques

Running time : 90 mins


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  • 2014-11-28 00:00:00 - Maison de la musique de Nanterre, Nanterre - France
  • 2014-06-28 00:00:00 2014-06-29 00:00:00 - LIFT 2014, London - UK


With The Tiger Lillies
Vocals, Accordion, piano : Martyn Jacques
Contra Bass, Musical Saw, Theremin, Vocals : Adrian Stout
Percussion : Jonas Golland
Artistic Direction and images : Mark Holthusen
Light : Tom Snell
Sound : Johnny Nolan

Production : The Tiger Lillies  ;  Associate Producer : Quaternaire
Commission : LIFT (London, UK), 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions  (UK) and Maison de la musique de Nanterre (Nanterre, FR)