Live Performance

19:00-19:40, Wednesday 16th September 2020

The Cockpit


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


Music: John Sturt

Words: Sophia Chapadjiev


November 2016. Deep in the bowels of a bunker in North Dakota, 20-some-year-olds Lieutenants Martinez and Walker have one job: launch nuclear missiles should the call from the Commander-in-Chief ever come. Above ground, a new president is about to be elected.


Join us for Minutes to Midnight’s Tête à Tête Avant-Première which will consist of curated selections, as well as a talk on this work-in-progress and “How to Create and Collaborate in the Time of Covid”.


The initial broadcast included, in addition to a viewing of the Minutes to Midnight’s Avant-Première, digital audiences having ticketed access to “Who Holds the Bombs?”, a panel discussion on the world’s current nuclear arsenal: which countries/leaders are in charge of them and what individual citizens can do to be more involved in supporting nuclear disarmament.


Age range: 15+, some strong language


Produced by Minute Hand Opera


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

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On the same day:

Music: John Sturt Words/Story: Sophia Chapadjiev Director: Eleanor Strutt Musical Director: Felicity Cliffe First Lieutenant Joseph Walker: Andrew Woodmansey Second Lieutenant A.J. Martinez: Lawrence Gillians The Trinity Set: Kerry Firth, Anna Marmion, Kate Robson Flute/Piccolo: Megan Storer Oboe/Cor Anglais: Catherine Underhill Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: Hannah Shilvock Percussion: Rhys Davies Violin 1: Ana Stahlmann Violin 2: Andrew Liddell Viola: Martin Ash Cello: Jenny Sturt Audio Engineers: Mikey Parsons, Sam Carr, Rhys Davies Video Editor & Radio Announcer: William Branston Costume Designer: Victoria Bradley

Music: John Sturt

Words/Story: Sophia Chapadjiev


Director: Eleanor Strutt

Musical Director: Felicity Cliffe


First Lieutenant A.J. Martinez: Lawrence Gillians

Second Lieutenant Joseph Walker: Andrew Woodmansey

The Trinity Set: Kerry Firth, Anna Marmion, Kate Robson



Radio Announcer: Mike Strutt

Flute/Piccolo: Megan Storer

Oboe/Cor Anglais: Catherine Underhill

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: Hannah Shilvock

Percussion: Rhys Davies

Violin 1: Ana Stahlmann

Violin 2: Andrew Liddell

Viola: Martin Ash

Cello: Jenny Sturt


Audio Engineers: Mikey Parsons, Sam Carr, Rhys Davies

Video Director & Editor: Eleanor Strutt

Videographer: William Branston

Trinity Costumier: Victoria Bradley


Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Bruce Blair (1947-2020), ex-missileer and co-founder of Global Zero, an international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.




‘Who Holds the Bombs’ Panel

Moderator: Sophia Chapadjiev, librettist of Minutes to Midnight

Panelist: John Sturt, composer of MInutes to Midnight

Panelist: Dr. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Panelist: Dr. Becky Alexis-Martin, award-winning pacifist scholar and author of Disarming Doomsday