August 2012, The Cockpit

Creative Directors Esmeralda Conde-Ruiz & Dominic Kelly

Ten writers played a game of Exquisite Corpse, each writing a monologue inspired by the previous writer’s work. Each piece was individually cast and the actors directed by Dominic Kelly. Then in performance, musicians and actors improvised together to create soundscapes, echoes and emotive connections between themselves, the audience and their stories.

Working with new and emerging writers including; Clara Brennan, Soho Theatre resident, Sarah Rutherford, Park Theatre writer in residence, Sarah Grochala, Headlong associate, and Daniel Thurman, BBC Radio 4. The topics covered ranged from sexism in the work place, emotionally wrecked soldiers, displaced foreign cleaning staff, loveless marriages and a long distance relationship.

Esmeralda continued to work with the salon:orchestra, developing the concept of an improvising collective of musicians, working with live performers. She recently conducted a 500 strong choir for contemporary artist Peter Liversidge at the Tate Modern.

In 2015 Esmeralda won the award for ‘Best Original Music’ at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and the ‘Award of Excellence for Best Score’ Indie Fest Film Awards for her work on the British short film ‘Cusp’ (Oliver Warren). In 2013 she was nominated for the British Composer Awards for her composition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Wind And The Rain’, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe.