For the next production, Shadwell Opera is going political…
SHADWELL OPERA presents SPEECH ACTS, a double bill of George Benjamin’s modern fable, Into the Little Hill, and Stravinsky’s wry spoken-word fantasy, The Soldier’s Tale.
In the run up to the 2015 General Election, Shadwell Opera is mounting two socially and politically charged works, intended to engage and provoke. Where Into the Little Hill takes on a searing relevance in a country dominated by anti-immigration rhetoric, The Soldier’s Tale slyly questions the greed and hypocrisy of capitalist society.
SPEECH ACTS will be an intimate examination of what it means to stand up and have your say.
8-11th April, 7.30pm, The Courtyard Theatre
Tickets: £17 (general admission) / £10 (under 25)
‘Into the Little Hill’
Emily Vine, soprano
Jess Dandy, contralto
‘The Soldier’s Tale’
Kathryn Lydia Griffiths, Narrator
Simeon John-Wake, Soldier
Temi Wilkey, Devil
Beverley Grant, Princess
Musical Director, Finnegan Downie Dear
Director, Jack Furness
Associate Director, Celine Lowenthal
Producer, Hanna Grześkiewicz
Associate Producer, Cécile Beauvillard
Designer, Georgia de Grey
Production Manager, Christopher Silvester
Stage Manager, Rachel Darwood
Video/Photographer, Thurstan Redding
Publicity Designer, Rebecca Pitt
Shadwell Opera gratefully acknowledges the support of George and Moira Yip, The Tsukanov Family Foundation, Ian and Cristina Taylor, Arts Council England and the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary.
We will then tour George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill to three community centres around the borough of Tower Hamlets to bring opera to their local communities: those that wouldn’t normally have access to opera performances. All performances are free entry to local residents. Dates for the tour are:
18th April: St Paul’s Church, Bow E3, 2pm
0208 981 3883
18th April: Southern Grove Community Centre, 6pm
0207 517 0409
19th April: John Scurr Community Centre, 3.30pm
0207 790 3113