England’s having an identity crisis. Comedian Charlie George and our house band front a new show by artist Amartey Golding for Dreamy Place 2023, Whose Anthem Is It Anyway?
Together with the audience, they’ll attempt to tackle the impossible task of delivering a new national anthem for England.
There might be a lot about being English we’d prefer to distance ourselves from, but can music bring us together!? What better way to usher in England 2.0 than creating a new national anthem?
Drawing on our nation’s rich musical heritage, from Grime to Triphop, Britpop to Bhangra, nothing is off the table in this raucous production of music, comedy and democratic process.
Witness the sound of our nation come to life through Charlie’s wry and witty takes on the state of the nation, quick-thinking improv from our house band, and the most important ingredient: the audience!
Can Charlie find a way to bring the room, if not the nation, together to create a song that represents what we’re really about?
By the end of the show, we will have collaboratively created a frankenstein of an anthem, that we will all sing together. No matter how bad it is!
This is a funny and warm look at the impossible situation of creating one song for an entire nation, but also acts as a vehicle to ask how English people feel about themselves and their nation, grappling with that indefinable and elusive thing that makes England ‘England’.
There will be a matinee and an evening perfomance of Whose Anthem Is It Anyway? as part of the wider programme of Dreamy Place Launch Programme delivered by Lighthouse.
12:30pm – 2pm: Whose Anthem Is It Anyway? Matinee Performance
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Whose Anthem Is It Anyway? Evening Performance
Commissioned by Lighthouse in partnership with Dreamy Place