Live Performance

19:00-19:45, Monday 2nd August 2021

The Cockpit

 

There will also be an interactive broadcast of this show at 18:00-19:10, Friday 6th August 2021. A recording of that broadcast will be available for 28 days.

 

Music and Words:

Adventure through Mother Earth’s Sewing Box: JEFSMN (words and music)

Adela: Pat Shepherd (music), Arabella Watkiss (words)

Glimmerings: Dan Nolan (music) & Sam Woof McColl (words)

 

Full Price: £15; If you can’t afford it: £5.

 

 

A Thread through Change

Three new operas threaded together by Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera.

 

“A Thread through Change” takes us through three short operas originally conceived in both ‘real-Manchester’ (2019) and ‘virtual-Manchester’ (2020). The opera-film “Adventure through Mother Earth’s Sewing Box” (2020), first created during lockdown, is brought together with the pre-pandemic worlds of “Adela” and “Glimmerings” (2019) in a transitional half-real, half-digital operatic landscape for the 2021 Festival. “Adela” portrays Lorca-inspired MJ and Adela freeing their minds in poetic flight, bodies held captive by their four walls. Shards of half-remembered, half-forgotten memories haunt siblings in “Glimmerings”. Plunged into isolation, a girl adventures through Mother Earth’s Sewing Box – through joy, obsession and anxiety – in her plight to succeed at her new hobbythreading together our tales of momentous change.

 

The interactive broadcast will include an interplay of your thoughts with ours. We shall aim to fully satisfy your desire to understand our complete creative process. Questions can be asked, will be heard – they may or may not be answered how you expect.

 

You can find a programme for EXPO MCYO here.

 

MCYO are very grateful to their founding sponsor, the Henfrey Charitable Trust, for the generous support which has made possible their first appearance at Tête-à-Tête: The Opera Festival.

 

A Thread through Change is curated by MCYO Alumns: Nadia Eskandari, James Gillett, and Mia Serracino-Inglott.

 

This is a double bill with Until the Trans Lady Sings – An Autobiographical Spoken Word Opera. EXPO MCYO will run for 30 minutes.

 

Age range: All ages, but mostly adults

Content warnings: Some strong language

 

In a festival of new work, please note that shows can often overrun.

 

Produced by Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera

 

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

 

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Adventure through Mother Earth’s Sewing Box

Music & Words: A collaboration (2020) by JEFSMN (Eleanor Austin, Nadia Eskandari, Sohaila Ferrier, Fraz Ireland, Jessica Rowley, Mia Serracino-Inglott)

MCYO is grateful to the JEFSMN artists for allowing this special re-presentation at the 2021 Opera Festival

Mezzo-soprano: Mia Serracino-Inglott

Viola: Nadia Eskandari

 

Adela 2.0

Words: Arabella Watkiss

Music: Pat Shepherd

Adela: Amy Kearsley

MJ, Adela’s grandmother: Laura Coppinger

Clarinet: Isobel Mortimer

Viola: Nadia Eskandari

 

Glimmerings (2021):

Words: Sam Woof McColl

Music: Dan Nolan

Character of A:

Voice of A (silent film actor/recorded singer): Louis de Satgé

Sound of A (recorded bassoon): Lauren Martin

Mind of A (recorded vocalist): Laura Coppinger

Video: Benny Vernon

Audio: Dan Nolan

Multimedia Syncronist: James Gillett

Character of B:

Voice of B (mezzo soprano): Mia Serracino-Inglott

Sound of B (viola): Nadia Eskandari

Mind of B (vocalist): Amy Kearsley

 

EXPO MCYO: a thread through change

Curators: Nadia Eskandari, James Gillett & Mia Serracino-Inglott

Image: Sohaila Ferrier

Stage Direction: Madeleine Brooks

Musical Direction: James Gillett

Design Concept: Tomás Palmer

Music & Drama Preparation: Richard Strivens

Costume Supervisor: Poppy Philligreen

Company Stage Manager: Joe Lenehan

MCYO Artistic Directors: Richard Strivens & Nina Whiteman

 

On the same day:

Adventure through Mother Earth’s Sewing Box

Music & Words: A collaboration (2020) by JEFSMN (Eleanor Austin, Nadia Eskandari, Sohaila Ferrier, Fraz Ireland, Jessica Rowley, Mia Serracino-Inglott)

MCYO is grateful to the JEFSMN artists for allowing this special re-presentation at the 2021 Opera Festival

Mezzo-soprano: Mia Serracino-Inglott

Viola: Nadia Eskandari

 

Adela 2.0

Words: Arabella Watkiss

Music: Pat Shepherd

Adela: Amy Kearsley

MJ, Adela’s grandmother: Laura Coppinger

Clarinet: Isobel Mortimer

Viola: Nadia Eskandari

 

Glimmerings (2021):

Words: Sam Woof McColl

Music: Dan Nolan

Character of A:

Voice of A (silent film actor/recorded singer): Louis de Satgé

Sound of A (recorded bassoon): Lauren Martin

Mind of A (recorded vocalist): Laura Coppinger

Video: Benny Vernon

Audio: Dan Nolan

Multimedia Syncronist: James Gillett

Character of B:

Voice of B (mezzo soprano): Mia Serracino-Inglott

Sound of B (viola): Nadia Eskandari

Mind of B (vocalist): Amy Kearsley

 

EXPO MCYO: a thread through change

Curators: Nadia Eskandari, James Gillett & Mia Serracino-Inglott

Image: Sohaila Ferrier

Stage Direction: Madeleine Brooks

Musical Direction: James Gillett

Design Concept: Tomás Palmer

Music & Drama Preparation: Richard Strivens

Costume Supervisor: Poppy Philligreen

Company Stage Manager: Joe Lenehan

MCYO Artistic Directors: Richard Strivens & Nina Whiteman