“Ready, we’re ready…” Can you carry on? As obvious as it sounds, music is the food of the soul, it’s the protagonist of the most special moments we have in our memories.
In Networks Theatre, it wasn’t going to be anything less, we know so much about this importance. Since 1999, back in the day when using cassette tapes was normal, the theatre group of Networks English Studies has been a constant meeting point for music in all of its formats: from musicals that span the ages, to soundtracks and contemporary music. As we approach our 20th anniversary, the technology used to reproduce the music has changed but the essential element of music is still very much the same.
Many people, perhaps you the reader, have absorbed the songs, their lyrics, their beats and melodies until these became part of your own personal history
Who would have imagined it 20 years ago? Many people, perhaps you the reader, have absorbed the songs, their lyrics, their beats and melodies until these became part of your own personal history. That’s the way the love for music is born, especially the love for music in theatre at the hand of Nick Moore, our founder and artistic director.
We’re proud to say that we put on such a wide variety of shows! From pantomimes to musicals like Odysseus or other plays like Killing Hamlet, where music is very much another character; but, and this is very important, in the original and live music of Truth or Dare, composed, written and directed by Inés Ruiz and Jo P. Also in April Fool, with the classic torch songs performed live by our very own “Band”. A luxury that we never get tired of and for which we are grateful.
Having produced over 100 shows it seems obvious that anyone who has passed through Networks Theatre’s doors would have heard some of the best-known songs of the 20th Century musical, as well as pop standards and rock classics and all in the English language.
Now, even though we’ve left those happy times behind us and as we move on to university and employment we still hold those memories so dear in the hard drive of our mind.
Some of our performers have been so struck by this magic that I tend to imagine that it must have influenced them in their future career choice; I think of María Ortiz, Laura Gómez, Marcos Montijano, Pedro Llaudes, Teresa Pedrera, Tomas Chazarra, Miguel Jimenéz, Roberto Lorente all of whom first trod the boards at Networks and are in some way or other considering a theatrical career. And all this began with our theatre courses that are crammed full of music, initially as a tool for learning English, but ultimately as a perfect memory for life. That’s what we do.
However, we never forget that we are an English Academy that uses theatre as an educational tool. But it can’t be denied that music is something present in all our life, in the memories of the hours rehearsing; in the music that has stayed with us across the years. Now, even though we’ve left those happy times behind us and as we move on to university and employment we still hold those memories so dear in the hard drive of our mind.
It seems clear that for all participants of a Networks Show we all have a song or several that have marked us and that reminds us of Networks Theatre and Nick Moore. All the work during these 20 years has not been easy, but it has been worth it. In the end, it is always about making the world a better place. Let’s live this way in the best way we know. Let’s live with music. And today, let’s enjoy this privilege as much as we can. Most importantly, and probably the best thing, is that we take those who have belonged to Networks Theatre, and we share that at the end of the day it is more than knowing how to speak English at a good level. It’s about living better. And during that process, it’s also about falling in love with music.