Director Paul Golub
Musical Director Martyn Jacques
Visual Direction Mark Holthusen
Music Adapted by Martyn Jacques : vocal, harmonica, piano
Adrian Stout : bass, saw, theremin, vocal
Martyn Jacques : vocal, harmonica, piano
Adrian Stout : bass, saw, theremin, vocal
Jonas Golland : percussion, vocal
Martin Bassindale and Lucy Kilpatrick
The Tiger Lillies are an extraordinary three-piece band and their music is a startling mixture of opera, gypsy song and left-bank Paris, but what really marks out this band from any others is the emotional charge and raw passion of the delivery. Masters of dark humour, their music plays in the intersection between offensive and delightful. It has been called macabre, darkly humorous, perversely beautiful and impossible to pigeonhole.
In their new show Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace, a highly visual nightmare and bizarre musical extravaganza, The Tiger Lillies plunge into the dark and sinister world of Edgar Allan Poe.
The international creative team behind this darkly comic musical spectacle consists of French-American director Paul Golub, American video designer Mark Holthusen (also collaborator on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) and Swedish playwright Peder Bjurman, (also known from his work with Robert Lepage). The theatrical score and all songs are new compositions by Martyn Jacques, lead singer of The Tiger Lillies.
"All these bands are my favourites, but here is a favourite, favourite. Ladies and
Gentlemen, The Tiger Lillies"
Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons
“There is nothing else like them. Any description of them is an injustice – they are
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand
" Fun, scintillating, impudent, achingly beautiful."
Maddy Costa, The Guardian
"Bigger, prouder and fleshily engorged with the pustule throb of the garishly gaudy
and gloriously obscene."
Ross Fortune, Time Out London
“Just brilliant and utterly fantastic!! You'll never hear more perverse and twisted as
well as haunting and sorrowful songs”
Duration: 90 minutes, without intermission
Tickets: 70, 60, 35, 25 GEL
The Tiger Lillies were formed in 1989 and as the decades go by their sound remains one of the most unique and original things one could come across. Martyn Jacques, the band's front man, songwriter and founder, spent most of his twenties in a flat above a brothel in London's Soho, peeping through his window at the buzz of Soho’s lowlife. It took him a good ten years to turn that strange world into art, while training as a singer and songwriter. In 1989 he got his first accordion and The Tiger Lillies were formed shortly after.
The Tiger Lillies stood out immediately for their distinct sound and style and worked their way up from London pubs to the Piccadilly Theatre and buskers’ benches to the Sydney Opera House. Soon the The Tiger Lillies were touring the world giving concerts and participating in various art and theatre projects. A couple of the many highlights in their career was the Olivier Award they won for the cult hit musical Shockheaded Peter and the Grammy nomination for their album The Gorey End. Within the last two decades The Tiger Lillies have been doing an average of over 200 gigs a year and despite spending so much time on the road they have managed to also release more than one album a year (total number is somewhere around 30, but who is counting?). They have participated in numerous shows all over the world, collaborating with artists of all disciplines: from circus performers to Shakespearean actors, experimental dancers to avant-garde photographers and burlesque puppeteers to classical music ensembles.
The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. This unique « anarchic Brechtian street opera trio » tours the world playing songs about « anything that doesn’t involve beautiful blonde girls and boys running at the meadow » to quote their founder Martyn Jacques. Hence, their songs cover all the dark aspects of life, from prostitution and drug addiction to violence and despair. Always with a touch of twisted humor and sharp irony The Tiger Lillies « point an implicit accusing finger back at us: what on Earth are we doing, laughing at this stuff? ».
Their music is a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera and gypsy music, echoing the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel. The Tiger Lillies shock, amuse and entertain in a postmodern vaudeville way, with their inimitable in-yer-face shows, where no limit should be taken for granted.
The Tiger Lillies consist of Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout and Jonas Golland.