“The joy created by this remarkable company is second only to the joy felt by those lucky enough to see The Nature of Why. This isn’t a performance you simply see or hear. It’s one you feel.” (Bristol 24/7)

A packed audience joined The British Paraorchestra, four dancers and Army of Generals on stage at the Bristol Old Vic last night, unified in the ‘joyful’ ‘uplifting’ and ‘beautiful’ world premiere of our new show, The Nature Of Why.

Not only was this Mayfest event sold out, but, we’ve received a ecstatic response from the good folk on social media. We hate to brag, but, here are just a few of those nice things that people said:

Audience comments from Twitter

@Vicky_W_J: Just back from this amazing show. Truly joyful and life-affirming, i left with a massive smile on my face

@joverrent: Wow. Still resonating from @Paraorchestra #TheNatureOfWhy It’s intimate, unexpected & completely joyful. Breaking form & conventions, it transports us, easing us in to its complexity. Wow!

@sdfrowlands: That was amazing, I have a massive smile on my face and feeling totally uplifted, #TheNatureOfWhy was incredible. @Paraorchestra @BristolOldVic @mayfestbristol

@Tom_Newman86: @Paraorchestra #NatureOfWhy @BristolOldVic was phenomenal. Completely unique and utterly mesmerising.

@BellaQuinna: What an absolute JOY this show is. Technically astonishing, emotionally delightful, musically delicious. #TheNatureOfWhy @Paraorchestra

THANK YOU to Bristol 24/7 for their review: 

“The orchestra itself is the Bristol-based British Paraorchestra, who, along with artistic director Charles Hazlewood, brings Gregory’s score to life with such depth and passion that it is impossible not to be moved by the sheer muscularity of the performance. With Caroline Bowditch’s glorious choreography, the company of dancers meld into the audience and reappear somewhere else on the stage, blurring boundaries as they draw you in.”

Read the review in full here:

This collaboration with high profile artists, union of artistic disciplines, and the extraordinary talent and unique sound of The British Paraorchestra has resulted in a truly inimitable theatrical experience. Pushing and exploring the boundaries of orchestral music (with the potential to reach a whole new audience); The Nature Of Why is a perfect example of what The Paraorchestra and Friends exist to do.

Tickets are sold out for tonight, get in quick for Saturday!

The Nature of Why was commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

The Nature of Why is supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Additional support from We the Curious.

Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends, and Mayk.