Adrift
Adrift

Gestalt Arts, Asylum © Andreas Grieger

Nabucco
Nabucco

Newbury Corn Exchange © Andreas Grieger

Fairy Queen
Fairy Queen

Waterperry Opera Festival © Greg Viet

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Adrift

Gestalt Arts, Asylum © Andreas Grieger

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Work

Selected Projects

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The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me

Writer & Director English Touring Opera 2020

An interactive opera created for SEND schools, created in collaboration with The National Star College. When Mackenzie gets distracted on a trip to the museum, they journey through space and time to find themselves somewhere very different indeed. Yet, through the power of imagination and the help of some unusual friends, they unlock a way for everyone to head out of the classroom and discover a brand new type of learning adventure.

 

Created for SEND schools across the UK, York theatre Royal, Snape Maltings, and Poole Lighthouse. (Some dates cancelled due to COVID-19). 

 

Music: Omar Sharyar | Design: Kate Lane | Movement/Assistant Direction: Rebecca Meltzer 

© Greg Viet

© Greg Viet

© Greg Viet

© Greg Viet

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Fairy Queen — Purcell 

Writer & Director Waterperry Opera Festival 2019

When I was commissioned  to create a reimagining of Purcell’s Fairy Queen, I decided to base my concept on research into the folklore origins of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Creating new narrative material around the fairies, this production brought into focus the relationship between man and nature, forming an exploration into the nature-celebrations and traditions that we have now lost. Weaving together layers of masque, ritual, and storytelling, this project combined the music of Purcell with the natural magic of outdoor theatre-making. 

 

Conductor: William Cole | Design: Simon Berger | Movement Direction: Karina Casiano

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© Ruth Mariner

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© Daisy Dickenson

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© Ruth Mariner

© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

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Writer & Director |  National Maritime Museum 2018, Museum of London Docklands 2017

Liquid History

Liquid History is a vocal & movement piece which reveals the story of London through five objects found on the Thames Shore. It explores themes of social transformation, importance and change. 


Aimed at families, it features an a capella opera chorus who become the river itself through storytelling, song and physical theatre.

Commissioned by the Museum of London Docklands, produced by Gestalt Arts with Totally Thames Festival, Reading Water Festival and Waterman's Arts Centre. Created with mudlark Nick Stevens the people and children of Southend (through Metal Culture). Revised in collaboration with The National Maritime Museum. 

Funded by Arts Council England and PRS for Music. Film available on request. 

Winner Stephen Oliver Award 2018

 

Composer: Sarah Dacey | Design: Kate Lane | Movement: Yuriria Fanjul 

a Shoe Full of Stars

Director | Lawrence Batley Theatre 2018

A Shoe Full of Stars is an opera/musical which explores the impact of extremist violence on young people. It was created collaboratively with young people at North Huddersfield Trust School who were impacted by the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombings. 

Through political theatre interwoven with magic realism, irreverent humour, and a genre mash up of musical styles, we worked with the young people to craft a unique performance around their response — “It’s okay to be scared, it's okay to talk about being scared, and young people see, hear, think and feel much more than adults realise.”

Created with anti-terrorist organisation The Active Change Foundation, The Oxford Centre for the Retraction of Intractable Conflict and West Yorkshire Police. Supported by The Opera Awards Foundation, York University, and Arts Council England

The production was featured on Channel 4 News. 

 
A Shoe Full of Stars won ‘Best Opera’ at the Young Audience Music Award 2018, powered by RESEO.
Opera Award Foundation Bursary 2017. 

The young people received The Ashbrow Ward and Birkby Community Hub Young Volunteers of The Year Award 2018 for their work.

 

Composer: Omar Sharyar | Design: Emma Williams | Movement: Lizzie Shakespeare 

Unsung Heroes of The Planet is an environmental folk opera exploring the magic of tree communication. An interactive narrative adventure which takes the audience deep beneath the soil to celebrate the myriad ways we are all connected. Told through an eclectic score infusing contemporary choral music, folk and counterculture music of the 70’s. 

Piloted in collaboration with Cardiff University and the British Ecology Society, and Einstein's Garden and was performed Green Man Festival 2017. 

Programmed for the launch of a new gallery The Eden Project in 2018, as part of Julie’s Bicycle’s Season For Change.

Composer: Cameron Dodds | Designer: Christine Hornsved

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© Alice Cooper

© Alice Cooper

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Four Stories about Welcoming

Director Opera Holland Park 2018

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© Ruth Mariner

© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

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© Ruth Mariner

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© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

© Ruth Mariner
© Ruth Mariner

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Unsung Heroes of the Planet 

Writer & Director | Eden Project 2017/18

Four Stories about Welcoming was part of Refuge in Harmony — a programme which invited 40 newly arrived unaccompanied minors from around the world to Opera Holland Park, welcoming them to settle into their new community through opera. 

The performance was devised collaboratively over four weeks, culminating in the creation of a set of surreal vignettes which explored ideas around welcoming, identity, and the power of acts of radical acts of kindness. Performed alongside professional opera singers in a mix of languages including Farsi, Oromo, and Pashtu. 

With sound design and score collaboratively composed by Laura Bowler | Design: Amy Mitchell 

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© Victoria Stevens

© Victoria Stevens

© Victoria Stevens

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Rigoletto

Director | Clyde Opera Group 2017


 

A retelling of Verdi's classic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice. Setting the action in 2008 within London's square mile, this production explored the dangers toxic masculinity, in a fast-paced world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men. 

Conductor: Razvan Luculescu | Design: Patti Amatt

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© Matthew Ferguson

© Matthew Ferguson
© Matthew Ferguson

© Matthew Ferguson
© Matthew Ferguson

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Narkissus and the Reflektions

Writer | Clore Studio, Royal Opera House & Lizst Academy, Budapest  2015/16

 


 

Narkissus and The Reflektions is a contemporary reworking of the Greek myth told from the perspective of a dead boyband. Exploring contemporary pop culture and the concept of the 'mega fan,' this work asks the question 'Is infatuation with another merely a mirror into our own longing?' 

Composer: Laurence Osborn | Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans

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© Brian Slater

© Brian Slater

© Brian Slater

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Colony

Writer | Youth Opera Chorus, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, 2015

 

Created collaboratively with the Royal Youth Chorus, this production looked at the patterns and parallels between human and insect societies. Are we really so unique? Or are we simply another manifestation of a greater intelligence? 

Composer: Evan Kassof | Co-writer: Alexander Hut Kono | Conductor: Jessica Cottis | Director: Karen Gillingham 

Nabucco

Director | Newbury Corn Exchange, 2014

Verdi's Biblical epic, exploring themes of power, exile and spiritual transformation. Performed with professional soloists and community chorus in Newbury, Berkshire. 

Designer: Phillipa Nichols

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© Andreas Grieger

© Andreas Grieger

© Andreas Grieger

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Clive and Other Stories

Director | Gestalt Arts, Asylum, 2014

 

Narkissus and The Reflektions is a contemporary reworking of the Greek myth told from the perspective of a dead boyband. Exploring contemporary pop culture and the concept of the 'mega fan', this work asks the question ‘is infatuation inherently narcissistic?’

Composer: Laurence Osborn | Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans

La Bohème
La Bohème

© Andreas Grieger

La Bohème
La Bohème

© Andreas Grieger

La Bohème
La Bohème

© Andreas Grieger

La Bohème
La Bohème

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© Andreas Grieger

© Andreas Grieger

© Andreas Grieger

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La Bohème

Director | Newbury Corn Exchange 2013

Puccini's classic tale of bohemian artistry, tragedy and toxic love. Performed with professional soloists and community chorus in Newbury, Berkshire. 

Designer: Phil Hallam 

The Daisy Chain
The Daisy Chain

© Alex Brown

A Sign in Space
A Sign in Space

© Andreas Grieger

Rigoletto
Rigoletto

The Daisy Chain
The Daisy Chain

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Futher Work

Director | The Daisy Chain | LSO St Luke's 

Director | A Sign in Space | Gestalt Arts, Asylum

Director | Snappy Operas | Mahoganny Opera Group

Writer & Director | Feet | Commissioned by The Horniman Museum and Gardens