Week 3: Saturday Events
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The third week of the festival continues at 6pm with 'Voicing' (music Caroline Heslop; words David, Laura, Zara and four anonymous interviewees. How do you tell your story when you're struggling with poverty? Fragments of real nineteenth and twenty-first- century stories are taken to create a compelling and vibrant music drama – singers, actors and musicians immerse the audience in a new world structured by music and inhabited by people who use different languages: singing, playing, moving and speaking. Directed by Julie Osman. Then, at 7pm, 'Daughter of the Elements'. Tête à Tête presents Stephen McNeff's mini opera about the scientist Madame Curie and her struggle against sexism, setting words from documentary sources.
Directed by Bill Bankes-Jones; featuring Katherine Bond, Mary Plazas and CHROMA Ensemble. Followed at 7.45pm 'The Third Policeman', maverick composer Ergo Phizmiz's opera on Flann O'Brien's surreal and perplexing masterpiece – part thriller, part comedy, part science-fiction, this radical adaptation prmoises stagecraft, animation, and unforgettable music. The evening ends at 9pm courtesy of Errollyn Wallen and her 'Telling the Stories of Our Time'. The entertaining composer-pianist returns to the festival to reveal the fascinating process behind the creation of her 11 operas. With examples from her next opera, 'YES', introduced by its librettist Bonnie Greer (to be premiered at Linbury Studio Theatre in November.)