Produced by Alex Mills

Thursday 9th August, Saturday 11th August, Sunday 12th August

20:00 – 20:45 (9th), 14:00 – 14:45 (11th, 12th)

 

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2BE (click to see map)

 

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.

 

 

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Dear Marie Stopes

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