Filament is a music theatre company fusing devised physical work with polyphonic music. The company makes original music theatre for both traditional and non traditional spaces, in a bid to confound expectations of what music theatre can be.
The company is led by its two founders Sabina Netherclift (director) and Osnat Schmool (composer), who first worked as creative collaborators on a project called Re:Love, produced by the Bridewell Theatre Company. Osnat wrote the show having been inspired by Sam Shepherd’s Savage Love and the show followed four couples at different stages of their relationships.
Our first collaboration with Osnat and Sabina was built around Drive Ride Walk, an astonishing piece of a cappella music theatre. In March 2009 a 30 minute festival version of the show was seen by over 1500 people over two weeks in a tour which saw it play in venues as diverse as Chrisp Street Ideas Store, St Pancras Station, The Geffrye Museum and St Thomas Hospital, and in this borough at the Eltham Centre, Heritage Centre in Woolwich and at Charlton Assembley Rooms.
In 2010 with the support of our Artist Development Programme, Sabina and Osnat formed Filament and in 2011 we co-produced the full 90 minute version of Drive Ride Walk which toured to Greenwich Theatre, Stratford Circus, Chelsea Theatre and Jacksons Lane alongside festival performances at the O2, Spitalfields Market, Channel 4, Whittington Hospital and more.
Will immediately resonate with any Londoner... a carefully choreographed and talented ensemble... thoroughly deserved the acclamation the Greenwich audience gave
The future of new British musical theatre writing depends on work like this… a virtuosic new show... Osnat Schmool’s thrilling a cappella score, combined with Sabina Netherclift’s dynamic direction, makes for one of the most exciting and funny evenings of musical theatre I’ve had the pleasure to witness
Having undergone development with the support of Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation the company is now working towards a London tour of a new stage adaptation of Michael Ende’s children’s novel Momo. The tour will visit Polka Theatre, Stratford Circus and Greenwich Theatre. Full details will be announced soon.
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