Ahead of her performance in Woyzeck in Winter in September, we learn more about Camille O’Sullivan’s reputation for storytelling through song.
When Camille O’Sullivan sings, ‘it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin – one spark, and the whole room would ignite’ (Daily Telegraph).
She has established an international reputation for her evocative interpretations of narrative songs, revealing their darkness and light in lyrical performances that have wowed audiences from the UK to Australia. First making her appearance at the Barbican in a 2009 tribute to Jacques Brel, this is a venue that remains close to Camille O’Sullivan’s heart. ‘There’s something about the Barbican that heightens a performance,’ she observes. ‘The stages are expansive and beautiful, yet also capable of feeling intimate, providing you with this great presence and connection.’
The Irish-French artist is back this September, straddling the worlds of singing and acting in Woyzeck in Winter, a production in which she plays the central female character. ‘I’ve always loved singing stories and equally enjoyed acting whether in Shakespeare or the theatrical music shows I create. But to be able to elevate both my passions in such a dramatic and intense piece is a dream, especially as we are dealing with such three-dimensional characters. The aim of all the cast is to take our audiences on this unique journey in which the Woyzeck script comes together with Winterreise songs.’
Camille’s performance in Woyzeck is followed by another Barbican appearance, this time in a concert dedicated to the music of Jim Jarmusch’s films, Jim Jarmusch Revisited. ‘I’m delighted to be reuniting with Musical Director David Coulter and collaborating with an exciting line-up of musicians. Different personalities bring different interpretations to the songs so in one show you get to experience all the wonderful colours within this cinematic music.’
Woyzeck in Winter takes place from 13–16 September.
Jim Jarmusch Revisited takes place on 20–21 September
Photo: Alex Sapienza