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‘A creative spirit touched by genius’

Jonathan Douglas is Ivor Gurney, the prolific poet and composer — by the time Gurney died, he left approximately two hundred songs, chamber and instrumental pieces and over three hundred poems and verse-pieces — a troubled soul in his personal life and a WWI private who survived the trenches and, until recently, a much overlooked creative genius.

Ivor Gurney died of tuberculosis on Boxing Day, 1937. He was 47 years old.

Interestingly, Ivor Gurney, A Voice Apart, was written by another creative genius, Piers Gray, who lived and worked in Hong Kong until his untimely death in 1996.

For Jonathan Douglas, this will be the second time performing Ivor Gurney at The Fringe. The play has also been presented at the Edinburgh Festival.

The play is set in the mental asylum where Ivor spent the final years of his life. Ivor is trapped, not only physically but also spiritually — reliving the horrific gas attacks he suffered at The Front, yet also his tender memories of Marion Scott, a woman who was to become the most influential figure in Gurney’s life. Throughout the performance, we also hear Ivor’s own haunting compositions and poems.

In conjunction with the production, and, in commemoration of the Great War, there will also
be film footage, a photographic exhibition, Ivor Gurneys poems and music and after-show discussions. A talk about Ivor Gurney will also take place during the month of May.

Directors – David Booth & Mike Ingham
Producer – Karina Zabihi
Production design – David Booth & Karina Zabihi

Underground at The Fringe
8pm, 21-23 May, 2pm, 23rd May 2015
For more information please contact Karina Zabihi –
Mike Ingham –

(To download the poster, please click here)