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London Show. ICR:35. Begg | Coleclough | Liles | Potter

Michael Begg, Jonathan Coleclough, Andrew Liles and Colin Potter will perform in London, at Cafe Oto, on September 30th 2016. The event, ICR:35, is our way of acknowledging the contribution of Colin Potter’s ICR to the European experimental music scene over an astonishing 35 year period (so far!)

Full details/tickets at the Cafe Oto website:

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A Moon That Lights Itself

Commissioned by National Galleries Scotland, A Moon That Lights Itself is a new piece of music, for electronics, strings and moonlight, by Michael Begg. The work evokes the nocturnal life of the French painter Charles François Daubigny in his later years, floating on his boat studio, addressing, directly, the moon.

The work will be premiered in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh on September 16th 2016. Michael will be accompanied by cellist, Clea Friend.


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OMEGA at Edinburgh Festival – video and reviews

OMEGA began its run at the Edinburgh Festival on August 1st 2013.

“OMEGA Only a Russian company (blackSKYwhite) would offer such apocalyptic cabaret pleasures. Dark, unsettling and stunning.”
The List (Top 5 cabarets to catch at the Festival)

Click on image below to view an early preview video clip. Music: Michael Begg, voice: Little Annie Bandez


Review Round Up

“Beautiful and extraordinary physical performance by Marcella Soltan…

“Omega is driven by the three-way powerhouse of soundtrack, lighting design, and physical action. What looks to be burlesque romp dissolves into something far more dangerous.

Omega is a truly total theatre… thrilling, uncomfortable, scary. You will emerge blinking into the daylight shaken and stirred. Be warned.”

Total Theatre


“Omega is a very welcome reminder of just how high [the] bar has been set… it is often impossible to believe that human beings can actually move like this. It is also rare to see a production as technically polished… Far more than a show: this is a true theatrical experience.”


At their best, the Russian bogey-clowns can corkscrew into your brain with impossible images, needling rhythms and enervating repetitions. Their tonal control is exceptional, their physical skill quite astonishing and their grasp of image and illusion world-class.

“This Pandora’s box of bizarre and sinister images takes place at the rather un-cabaret-friendly hour of 2.35pm, and may leave you wondering what exactly it was you consumed for lunch.

“A circus of horrors series of vignettes that vamp up their disturbing qualities to hysterical proportions… the cast demonstrate mesmerising nuance and skill… Flashes of arresting innovation”

Fest Magazine


“There are unforgettable moments – the spiders that weave reality, the manic energy of the two chorus girls and the final image of a lurking, sinister entity… A tableau of the Biblical story of Holofernes and Judith is erotic and disturbing.”

The List


“Exhilaratingly gripping… a must see… but be warned, even the most intrepid fan of the gothic may find the characters stay with them a little later into the night than they would like.”

EdFest Magazine

We were intoxicated, mesmerized and in awe

Social Media Reviews
“If I could I would live out the rest of my life inside blackskywhite’s Omega” @harliquinade
“Stir fries the brain in a dark and disturbing circus setting. Well worth catching” @FifeFreePress
“Glad we caught the Omega Hoochie Coochie Carnival for the end of time #intoxicating” @theatretripping
“Sit at the front, forget u r in a theatre and lose yourself for an hour. Superb!” @properjobtheatre
“We saw this production at Glastonbury 2013 – if you are anywhere near Edinburgh this month – you must see this show – one of the best things I’ve seen in my life” Youtube comment
“Such a highlight of Glastonbury Festival!! Jaw droppingly good” Michelle Queen, Facebook fan page

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Free download of Michael Begg live set

On May 22nd 2013, Michael Begg opened for Chrysta Bell at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms. A recording was captured from the mixer and although raw and subject to drop outs and phazing, the document still reveals an interesting insight into the direction being pursued by Begg.
The set is now available on “pay what you like” terms – free, basically – from the omnempathy Bandcamp. Enjoy.

Click here to listen/download –

Set: Improvisation / Empty Ring / Kitchen Tools / Kacey improvisation / Unclear Here / Your Little Hand As Soft As milk.
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blackSKYwhite – OMEGA


More news regarding the new show from Moscow’s brilliant blackSKYwhite theatre company.

OMEGA, which features original sound, music and text from Michael Begg, premieres at Glastonbury Festival from June 28th and will run for 4 weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the end of July. The Edinburgh Shows are hosted by the central – and newly refurbished – festival venue – Assembly Rooms

Tickets are now on sale for the Edinburgh performances. Early booking is highly recommended as blackSKYwhite – Fringe First and Total Theatre Award winners will quickly acquire a lot of attention.


Book tickets for Edinburgh Fringe shows at Assembly Rooms –

blackSKYwhite new english language Twitter feed@bSw_theatre


OMEGA. A hoochie-coochie carnival for the end of time. Out from the sideshow shadows creep an astounding array of mythical freaks,ageless hucksters, and mind-twisting curiosities. Raised from apocryphal texts, warped by black mirrors and prisms. Masters of the macabre spectacle, technical wizards, and true innovators of theatrical sleight-of-hand, Moscow’s blackSKYwhite – Fringe First and Total Theatre winners – return with their boldest, most audacious production to date, realised in the scale that this company deserves. Loud, exhilarating and utterly compelling.

‘The overall effect is poignant, terrifying, exhilarating – leaving audiences gasping, and leaping to their feet to cheer’ Guardian.

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Performances | Shows | new dates

Advance notice for dates through 2013

May 22nd, Edinburgh – Michael Begg (solo) opening for Chrysta Bell, Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK

June 28th – 30th – blackSKYwhite’s OMEGA with original soundtrack by Michael Begg, Glastonbury Festival, UK

July 30th – Aug 25th – blackSKYwhite’s OMEGA with original soundtrack by Michael Begg, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK

Aug 24th – Human Greed UK (tbc)

More details to follow