Produced by Alex Mills
Thursday 9th August, Saturday 11th August, Sunday 12th August
20:00 – 20:45 (9th), 14:00 – 14:45 (11th, 12th)
First published in 1918, Marie Stopes’ controversial ‘sex manual’, Married Love, revolutionised the way people understood desire, sexuality and sexual health. In response, Stopes received thousands of emotionally-charged letters from readers asking for more advice and sharing their individual stories, which are now stored in Wellcome Collection’s archives.
A century on, a new chamber opera by composer Alex Mills explores this fascinating snapshot of a society’s sex life using extracts from the letters that have been carefully collated with archivist and gender and sexuality expert, Dr Lesley Hall, and writer and librettist, Jennifer Thorp.
Music: Alex Mills
Words: Jennifer Thorp
Director: Nina Brazier
Gender and sexuality expert: Dr Lesley Hall
Soprano: Alexa Mason
Contralto: Jess Dandy
Countertenor: Feargal Mostyn-Williams
Viola da gamba: Liam Byrne
Cello: Lucy Railton