Some Call It Home

We are delighted to announce that this event has been rescheduled for 4 and 5 May 2021, previously programmed for 24 and 25 March 2020.

  • The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, PL1 2TR

  • The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, PL1 2TR

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The Arts Institute, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, presents Some Call It Home. Join us for this provocative multimedia music drama that brings to the stage conflicting perspectives of our uneasy relationship with the land – our home, our planet.

With live music and international star soloists, this hard-hitting work of art – part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations – explores how we have shaped human destiny across time by bringing to life pivotal events involving our relationship to our land from 1620 to the present.

We knew the world would not be the same.
A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

The University’s Music Director, Dr Robert Taub, has commissioned two internationally recognised composers to write the musical score: Jonathan Dawe (NYC) and Jane O’Leary, a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren. An ensemble comprised of musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Grammy-nominated baritone Randall Scarlata, and Grammy Award winner English soprano Deborah York will bring this scintillating musical drama to life.

  • Running time: 1hr 15mins, followed by a 45 minute post-show discussion
    (panel includes Dr Sana MurraniProfessor Iain Stewart and Ben Taub, foreign correspondent at The New Yorker magazine, along with artist members of the cast)
  • Date: Tuesday 4 May and Wednesday 5 May 2021
  • Time: 19:30–21:30
  • Venue: Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Tickets: Available soon via Theatre Royal Plymouth

Created, produced, and directed by Dr Robert Taub.

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Watch our trailer for the multimedia music drama Some Call It Home. Created, produced, and directed by Robert Taub, Musical Director at The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth.

The story behind Some Call It Home

“This combination of spectacular music, extraordinary video, and compelling performances is unique. It promises to be an unforgettable evening that is intense, thoughtful, beautiful, and uplifting.”

Robert Taub reveals the artistic process behind the creation of his multimedia music drama and its relationship to the narrative of the Mayflower journey.

Find out more about Some Call It Home

Mayflower 400

2020 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's pioneering voyage to America in 1620. The University is working in partnership to commemorate this historic voyage.

Find out more about Mayflower 400

The Musica Viva Concert Series brings internationally acclaimed performers to our Plymouth community to inspire, educate, challenge, and unite audiences by presenting world-class musicians in public concert performances, open rehearsals, and informal talks.

Musica Viva sets the highest standards of artistic excellence with compelling performances that enrich the lives of the widest possible audience – including students – and provide a contextual, comprehensive approach to programming that enables greater musical understanding and appreciation.

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