Strange Face: Adventures with a lost Nick Drake recording - part of the Basingstoke Festival

Friday 17th June, 8pm
Proteus Creation Space

In the 1970s when working at Island Records, television composer Michael Burdett was asked to throw out some tapes. One of them caught his eye.

It was over 20 years later before Michael played the tape, and was astonished to hear an unknown version of one of Nick Drake’s greatest works.

Michael decided to share this recording in an extraordinary way, randomly stopping 200 strangers and asked if they wanted to hear the recording on headphones in exchange for photographing them. This one-man show charts Michael Burdett's journey and the resulting collection of photographs and stories featuring people from all over Britain. Amongst the tattooists, farmers, scientists and city workers are some well-known faces, including Billy Bragg, Tom Stoppard, Ross Noble, Jeremy Clarkson, Paul Whitehouse, Danny Baker, Tracy Chevalier, Fearne Cotton, Martin Freeman and Noel Fielding.

‘A gorgeous show’  ****  The Times

Strange Face is a humorous and occasionally poignant show that celebrates life, coincidences and the legacy of singer-songwriter Nick Drake. And, in an age when music is shared so casually, Strange Face proves the value music can bring to our lives.

This specially extended version of Michael Burdett’s Edinburgh award-winning show is perfect for music and photography fans, and anyone who likes a life-affirming tale.

 “Michael Burdett takes us on a road that feels full of sunshine. That is because this is ultimately an uplifting tale.” – Fringe Review

‘Enthralling’  Time Out

‘A very cool idea.’  BBC Radio 6 Music

Suitable for ages 15+

Tickets: £12

You can book online, or pop in to the Creation Space to buy them in person (please note: card payments can only be made online)

For more information on the project or to purchase the accompanying book visit


Don't Miss.... Strange Face - Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording. An exhibition of original photographs by Michael Burdett.

4th - 10th July 2016, Brining Gallery, Proteus Creation Space

The companion piece to the performance on 17th June. This one off exhibition in Basingstoke follows the story of Michael Burdett's journey around the country, featuring the photos which hold stories in themselves...

About Michael Burdett

Michael Burdett is a composer who has written music for television, radio and the theatre. He has written everything from the theme tunes to Masterchef and Homes Under The Hammer to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s posing music for the bodybuilding documentary Total Rebuild. He occasionally releases recordings under the name Little Death Orchestra.

About Nick Drake

Nick Drake released three albums between 1969 and 1972, none of which sold well on initial release. He took his life overdosing on anti-depressants in 1974. He was 26. Since then, his work has been re-evaluated and his records have now sold in their millions. He is cited as one of the most influential songwriters of the last 50 years and is heralded by acts like Paul Weller, Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding and R.E.M.