Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress
Award-winning folk musician, songwriter and composer Rowan Rheingans brings her courageous solo show Dispatches on the Red Dress to London.
An intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, trauma-recovery, war and waltzes, Dispatches on the Red Dress tells the true story of Rowan’s German grandmother’s youth in 1940’s Germany.
With genre-melding fluidity, Rowan weaves immersive storytelling around 10 new songs (Rowan won ‘Best Original Track’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2016 for her song Mackerel) performed live with fiddle, banjo, guitar and subtly inventive use of pre-recorded sounds.
A recipient of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2021, Rowan Rheingans is a composer and theatre-maker widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in UK folk music today.
Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery and The Rheingans Sisters, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ in 2016 & ‘Best Album’ in 2017) and is a six-times nominee. Her duo The Rheingans Sisters were nominated for ‘Best Group’ at the the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Dispatches on the Red Dress, Rowan’s debut theatre production, won a Scotsman ‘Fringe First’ Award at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as nominations in two other categories (The Filipa Braganca Award for Best Emerging Female Artist and the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award).
“Classy anti-fascist art” — Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Sublime… celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind and goes on to pack a fierce political punch” — The Guardian
“Utterly spellbinding… and as the red dress’ true origin unfolds, the revelation will leave you quietly breathless” — The Scotsman
“vivid songwriting and composing… spectacularly beautiful” — Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2
Grand Junction, St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Rowington Close, London W2 5TF
Sat 10 September