I was commissioned to create a new work to celebrate the 200th Birthday of the Royal Academy of Music. I aimed to create something which blended the contemporary and historic in a way that which signaled a perspective shift for the future of the organisation.
WITCH explored the figure of the Witch as a symbol of female power and resistance. It tells the stories of two women — a 15th century healer accused of witchcraft; and a fifteen-year-old instagram Witch who embarks on a mission to avenge her ancestors through a battle against misogynist internet trolls. Told through opera ritual, digital projection and inspired by the occult poetry of Rebecca Tamaś.
This work received high praise from critics including The Daily Telegraph ("an extraordinary new work"), and was nominated for an Ivor Novello award.
Created dramatic concept & script based on themes from Rebecca Tamas’ Witch
Extensive research into contemporary & historical witchcraft practices.
Collaborated with composition, direction and design throughout.
Contemporary opera with video projection
Royal Academy of Music
Music: Freya Wayley-Cohen
Director: Polly Graham
Design: April Dalton
Video Design: Hayley Eagan