Live Performance

21:00-21:40, Monday 14th September

The Cockpit


There will also be an interactive broadcast of this show at 18:00-19:00, Wednesday 16th September 2020. A recording of that broadcast will be available for 28 days.


Music: Georgia Barnes

Words: Catherine Strong


The Lost One is trapped in a nightmarish trance. She awakens in a decrepit basement to the greeting of the sinister Friend who begins to steer her into the chaos of addiction and religious fundamentalism. Surrounded by dreams and ghost stories she cannot control, her storytelling is her one defence.


A Time of Empty Tales is an adaptation of the literary classic ‘A Thousand and One Nights’ translated through opera.


Addressing themes of religious fundamentalism, feminism and the power of the storyteller, A Time of Empty Tales explores the strength of the female protagonist.


The initial broadcast included the following message:


Scheherazade or ‘The Lost One’s Tale’ would have been left untold a few months ago. But, thanks to Tête à Tête, The Cockpit Theatre and the Internet’s help, the Lost One will be able to tell her story.


Follow the performance, interviews, insights into theatrical makeup and the rehearsal process on our live stream on the 16th September.


Or come to watch our live performance on the 14th September where you will watch the magic of hundreds of years of history unfold into modern day.


We look forward to sharing a tale of fundamentalism, feminism and storytelling with you.


We hope that you enjoy the song.


All ages (mostly adults)


You can download the original libretto here.


Produced by Nine Muses Opera



Venue: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH. 


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On the same day:

Composer: Georgia Barnes Librettist: Catherine Strong Soprano: Olivia Bell Tenor: Alex Akhurst Alex White

Composer/Soprano: Georgia Barnes

Librettist: Catherine Strong

Soprano: Olivia Bell

Tenor: Alex Akhurst

Tenor: Alex White

Repetiteur: Guy Murgatroyd