LIVE CINEMA IN NEWCASTLE: Little Shop of Horrors

On April 22 the Civic Theatre in Newcastle will screen the classic 1960 film, Little Shop of Horrors… With a twist.  While the film plays on stage, four performers will run around the stage at break-neck speed to re-voice multiple characters in perfect lip synch whilst playing a brand new score and creating live Foley. But what is foley? Where did the idea of live cinema come from? And who’s behind this production? We’re glad you asked. 


According to Wikipedia, Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. Foley is created by the sound artist mimicking the actual sound source in a recording studio. Often there are many little sound effects that happen within any given scene of a movie. The process of recording them all can be tedious and time consuming. Foley art can be broken down into three main categories: Feet, Moves, and Specifics. In this production, the Foley booth will be exploded out across the stage with sound effects now being generated by each and every performer.

LIVE CINEMA: Where did it come from?

The concept of live cinema is still a fairly new and developing genre within media art that brings together experimental approaches to narrative and non-narrative film making, with live music and the performing arts.Rather than screening a traditional, linear edited film, a live cinema performance allows artists the freedom to experiment and improvise within a selection of different material. One of the biggest Live Cinema success stories is the The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

LIVE CINEMA: who’s behind this production?

New Zealand’s leading musical maverick Leon Radojkovic and his crew of musicians and actors – including a lone courageous Foley artist recreating every sound effect – bring back the films to life on stage. Experience brand new live soundtracks with the original film, in what promises to be a unique and vibrant ‘live live’ cinematic experience.


Tickets for the April 22 show are on sale now via the Civic Theatre’s website.

Written by Newcastle Live

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