ERC ft Maxine Peake launch 100 years electronic music celebrations – 17th May 2013

Noise of Art’s 100 years of an Art of Noises Launch Party with:

Eccentronic Research Council ft Maxine Peake – LIVE
Fil OK (Nag Nag Nag)
Deadstock 33s (Justin Robertson)
Jim Stanton (The Cock)
Scottee (Anti Social)
Severino (Italia/ Horse Meat Disco)
Ben Osborne (Noise of Art)
Your Mum
Mark Scott Wood
and more to be announced

8.30pm – 4am Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ
Get Tickets will be on sale HERE soon and are available HERE now…

Noise of Art starts its celebration of 100 years of electronic music with a rare as hens teeth chance to see the Eccentronic Research Council, featuring Maxine Peake, live
Marking a century since Luigi Russolo, the Italian futurist, published his ‘Manifesto for An Art of Noises’ (1913) and designed what many hold to be the first synthesiser, the celebrations will see a series of music and cross platform art events taking place over the next year. The Launch party references the role Sheffield played in electronic music and the era defining music that came out of London’s clubs at the turn of the 21st Century.
Headlining the show is the Eccentronic Research Council, featuring film, stage and TV star Maxine Peak on vocals. Amongst her many roles, Peake has starred in Shameless, Dinner Ladies, Clubbed and Silk, and is about to headline the 2013 Manchester International Festival.
This is the first time Eccentronic Research Council has played in London (having turned down every previous offer) and will be the only chance to see the cross-platform band perform their acclaimed ‘1612 Underture’ in the Capital. If you miss this you have really missed out.
Aside from being a Quietus LP of the year, front cover of the Guardian Guide and being the subject of a feature on the BBCs Culture Show, Eccentronic Research Council have produced a seminal electronic concept album and show based on the Pendle Witches, which has garnered praise from every quarter.
The core of Eccentronic Research Council, apart from Maxine, are Dean Hohner and Adrian Flanagan, two vintage synth enthusiasts who are themselves part of Sheffield’s electronic and leftfield heritage, having been members of band’s such as I Monster, Kings Have long Arms, The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw and All Seeing Eye. They count Sheffield legends such as DJ Parrot, Jarvis Cocker and Phil Oakey in their circle.
Keeping kids partying all night long, will be a core collection of London DJs from the most legendary London nightclubs at the start of the 21st Century.
Pioneering what was at times called electroclash, electro house, indie dance, new rave, disco punk, the Hoxton sound, Berlin sound and, simply, electro (but all the while trying to wriggle out of having a name at all), the clubs rebelled against the over-produced dance music of the late Nineties and looked back to early synthesiser music for inspiration; something they have in common with ECR’s love of vintage analogue sounds – plenty of which will be on hand tonight.
The clubs, such as Nag Nag Nag , The Cock, Trash and Anti Social, all returned to electronic music’s dirtier sounding roots, but came back with different takes.
Representing these clubs tonight will be Fil Ok, resident DJ and founder of the legendary Nag Nag Nag. Jim Stanton, DJ and creator of The Cock, one of the clubs, alongside Trash, responsible for the sound in London, and Scottee, the DJ and performance artist who, along with Buster, was behind Anti Social, the maddest and baddest new rave club of them all.
Justin Robertson, legendary DJ, Bugged Out resident and original Hacienda Acid houser, will be wearing his Deadstock 33’s hat, a new nom de plume that sees him delve back to the heyday of New York anti-disco in a way that only he could. Check out his sublime new LP on Munk’s seminal imprint, Gomma, to see what we mean.
Meanwhile the DJ’s DJ, Italian stallion Severino, who alongside Jim Stanton was a founder member of Horse Meat Disco (the night that brought disco back), will be flying the flag for his synthesiser inventing and electronic music fathering compatriot, Luigi Russolo.
DJ and Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne will be intervening at various points, incorporating some of the electronic sounds created by Luigi Russolo into his contemporary dancefloor set. And there’s more to be announced…
Details of the next event to be announced shortly.


Gallery Update, promos for Maxine’s new film ‘Run and Jump’

Starring Will Forte (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) and Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless), and part funded by RTÉ, Run and Jump is a drama that tells the story of a wife’s struggles to cope after her husband’s stroke.

Films > Run and Jump (2013) > Promotional Photos

New article, ‘The Village’ begins on Easter Sunday on BBC1

A very British Heimat: Will BBC drama The Village be as epic as the German saga?

Heimat followed a single family over the 20th century. Peter Moffat hopes that his new First World War drama for BBC1 will be just as epic

We may like to think of long-form television drama as a 21st- century innovation, that it was born at HBO with The Wire and The Sopranos, and that subtitled drama on British television only began with Spiral or The Killing. But back in the mid-1980s, German director Edgar Reitz’s epic saga Heimat, having been exhibited as a 16-hour marathon in a London cinema, was shown in its entirety over 11 consecutive nights on BBC2. It made better serial television than cinema, and even at a time when Dennis Potter was busy doing dazzling things to the medium, Heimat was life-enhancing in its originality and artistic vision.

Subsuming the entire mid-20th-century German Götterdämmerung, but set entirely in one village in a remote region of Rhineland, Reitz’s saga followed one extended family – rural people leading ordinary lives – from 1919 to 1982, from the Weimar Republic to the Federal Republic.

It seemed as slow as time itself, and capriciously stylish at times – switching, seemingly at random, between colour and black and white.

And when five years ago the barrister-turned-writer Peter Moffat, the Bafta-winning creator legal dramas Criminal Justice and Silk, told me that was talking to BBC1 to create a “British Heimat”, set in one Derbyshire village, I was both excited and doubtful. A British Heimat? On BBC1?

“We can’t make 13-episode seasons (as in America), but you can make six and then another six, if you’re lucky, and then another six – hopefully eventually we will have 42 hours of television drama,” says Moffat when we meet again to discuss how, like Reitz, he is also attempting to follow just one village through the tumult of the 20th-century. Unlike Heimat, however, there won’t be any black and white interludes in The Village(“That was soon dismissed,” says Moffat. “The BBC said ‘you can go slowly but no black and white’, “), while Moffat’s series won’t be shown over consecutive nights, but over six weeks.

Extending from 1912 to 1916 (with a final episode set in 1920), the first series of The Village stars John Simm and Maxine Peake as impoverished, alcoholic Peak District farmer John Middleton and his wife, Grace, and Juliet Stevenson as the lady of the local manor.

These names apart, the cast is largely unfamiliar, including two standout newcomers – 13-year-old Bill Jones as young Bert Middleton (whose long life will be central to Moffat’s project) and Irish actor Charlie Murphy as headstrong suffragette Martha – as well as dramatist Jim Cartwright (The Road) as the local publican. “I was very keen to have lots of faces we don’t know because you’re arguing ‘here is a slice of real life’, ” says Moffat.

This first – it is hoped – of many series covers roughly the same timespan as the opening series of Downton Abbey, but there the similarities end. This is working-class history, although aristocrats are necessarily involved (John’s oldest son works in the local big house), but without the anachronistic Downton-style fraternisation with the servants. Instead, these domestics are expected to face the walls when the master of the house passes by.

“I think we need to re-calibrate the way we look at history… particularly this period,” says Moffat. “It’s seen now as officer-class history. I don’t think there are enough of John Simm-type characters who, after all, make up most of the population. We’ve got lots of lovely Upstairs Downstairs stuff, so let’s have ‘how is it for a farm labourer?’.”

“I believe that you need to be away from the centre in order to look at people’s histories,” Edgar Reitz told me in a 2005 interview about Heimat. This, Moffat understands, especially when it comes to the unimaginable suffering of the First World War. “I don’t think you can do that war on screen,” he says. “I don’t think you can show us, without embarrassment, the Western Front. But you can do it by not being there… people who come back from it and have relationships with people who didn’t go. I really wanted to write about the First War and I knew I couldn’t it by having men in trenches and pretend mud.”

The mud was only too real in the waterlogged late autumn in the Peak District settlements of Glossop and Hayfield. But why choose Derbyshire? “Well, it’s incredibly beautiful,” says Moffat. “But also I didn’t want a place that was too overly described by any one thing – so I didn’t want a fishing village or a coal-mining village. And there’s the proximity of urban life… you can walk in the Peak District and come over a hill and there is Sheffield.”

Moffat researched locally and at the Imperial War Museum, and within his own family (his mother provided the detail of left-handed schoolchildren having their knuckles rapped until they became ambidextrous), while John Simm delved into a book by local historian Margaret Wombwell, Milk, Muck and Memories. “That was invaluable because they were first-hand accounts of working farmers from the period,” says Simm, who also learned how to scythe corn.

“Back-breaking work,” he says. “But quite satisfying… you’ve been working the soil. John Middleton talks about it a lot – the earth and the land.”

The hard-drinking Middleton is violent towards his wife, Grace, a storyline that worried Maxine Peake. “I have a difficulty with those roles… I’ve played a few now. But I was promised that she would blossom politically as the series went on… find her voice.”

This is the third time – after Silk and Criminal Justice – that Peake has led a drama series by Peter Moffat, who describes her as “simply the best actress of her generation”. Peake returns the compliment: “His characters are so unusual,” she says, “and you don’t really know where his script is going.” But has Moffat written a British Heimat? It’s a tall order but the first two episodes suggest that he is skilful and intelligent enough a writer to pull this one off.

Future series would be set in the 1920s, the 1930s, the Second World War, post-war Austerity Britain and beyond. The hope is that enough people watch this opening six episodes to give BBC1 drama bosses the confidence to allow him to fulfil this epic ambition.

‘The Village’ begins on Easter Sunday on BBC1


Maxine Peake to star in ‘Keeping Rosy’

Maxine Peake is to star in psychological thriller Keeping Rosy with Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison.

Peake, best known for her roles in BBC dramas Silk, The Hollow Crown and Little Dorrit, will play ambitious advertising executive Charlotte, whose life disintegrates after a series of unfortunate events.

Credit: Sebastian Solberg

Principal photography commenced today in London and will continue throughout March and April.

It marks the directorial feature debut of Steve Reeves, who has directed more than 400 commercials including an ad for Agent Provocateur starring Kylie Minogue that received more than 360 million hits online.

Keeping Rosy is the third collaboration from producers Richard Holmes and Isabelle Georgeaux following culinary comedy Jadoo, which made the official selection at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Wales-set Resistance.

The script is penned by commercials copywriter Mike Oughton who is also making his feature film debut.

Joining the crew are Academy Award nominated DoP Roger Pratt (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The End of the Affair) and editor Paul Watts (Under the Skin).


Manchester International Festival: Maxine Peake, Adam Curtis and Inne Goris speak at launch – video

Actor Maxine Peake – star of star of Silk, and Shameless – documentary-maker Adam Curtis and artist Inne Goris speak about their roles at Manchester International Festival 2013, a biennial festival which takes place from 4 to 21 July. Peake will recite Shelley’s political poem The Masque of Anarchy near the site of the Peterloo massacre that inspired it.



Maxine Peake performs PB Shelley’s ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ at MIF July 12-14, 2013

Tickets are on sale at 10am tomorrow. More information on ‘The Masque of Anarchy’:

On 16 August 1819, riven by poverty and disaffected at the lack of assistance offered by the state, 60,000 Mancunians gathered at St Peter’s Field to campaign for parliamentary reform. People came in peaceful protest: men, women and children, carrying picnics and wearing their Sunday best — but that didn’t deter local magistrates from sending an armed cavalry to disperse the crowds and arrest the speakers, killing 15 protestors and injuring hundreds more.

A touchstone event in British history, the Peterloo Massacre and the outrage it spurred ultimately helped to bring about the formation of the trade union movement and the reform of parliamentary democracy. On hearing of the massacre, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley penned The Masque of Anarchy, an indelibly powerful 91-verse epic widely regarded as the greatest political poem in British history.

For MIF, actress Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk) and director Sarah Frankcom (Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Theatre) will deliver a haunting, provocative new interpretation of this landmark work, as relevant to post-riot, mid-recession Britain as it was when it was first written. The Masque of Anarchy will be staged in the atmospheric Albert Hall, mere steps from the site of the massacre itself.

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Event Information

Fri 12 July 9.45pm
Sat 13 July 9.45pm & 11pm
Sun 14 July 9.45pm

Albert Hall
Peter Street
Manchester M2 5QJ

Concessions £5 off

Limited availability for registered disabled, senior citizens, students, under 16s and jobseekers

£12 Greater Manchester residents

Limited availability for the lower waged, available on a first-come, first-served, honesty basis

Transaction fee applies

40 mins approx.

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Maxine Peake and Willem Dafoe join Manchester International Festival 2013 line-up

Maxine Peake will star in a stage adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy, which will directed by Manchester Royal Exchange’s artistic director Sarah Frankcom, as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Photo: Jonty Wilde

The production will be directed by Robert Wilson, whose work The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic featured at MIF in 2011 and also starred Dafoe.

MIF 2013 runs from July 4 to 21 and is financed by public subsidy from organisations including Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council as well as private sponsors. This year, ten new corporate sponsors are supporting the festival.

Alex Poots, MIF’s director, who announced the programme today, said: “From the outset of MIF our backdrop has been the city council here [Manchester City Council]. It’s thanks to them that we have been able to garner the support and confidence of private sector partners within the city and together with all of our partners we have created something that is much greater than the sum of all its parts.

He added: “I wasn’t going to say this, but I am. We are in such difficult times and for me the arts are more important than ever before. I know everyone is suffering cuts and it’s only fair, but to cut the heart out of this society is not the way to do it and I think the arts is part of the heart of that society.

“So I’m so grateful to everyone that has been generous to us and allowed us to commission great artists who can convey what they want to their audience. So it’s a heartfelt thanks to them.”


Tickets are on sale 10am, Friday 1st March via and on 0844 375 2013!