Produced by Alex Mills

Thursday 9th August, Saturday 11th August, Sunday 12th August 2018

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


Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2BE


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


Other events on this day:

  • Music from the show Nightshade: Aubergine – 18:30 – 19:30

Music: Alex Mills

Words: Jennifer Thorp

Director: Nina Brazier

Gender and sexology consultant: Dr. Lesley Hall


Soprano: Alexa Mason

Contralto: Jess Dandy

Countertenor: Feargal Mostyn-Williams

Viola da gamba: Liam Byrne

Cello: Lucy Railton