Live Performance

20:45-21:15, Friday 18th September 2020

The Cockpit

 

There will also be an interactive broadcast of this show at 21:00 – 22:00, Tuesday 22nd September 2020. A recording of that broadcast will be available for 28 days.

 

Concept: Tania Holland Williams

Music: Grist, Braithwaite and Alexander

 

Persephone’s Dream is a digital/live hybrid opera that tells a story of withdrawal from the world. Unpicking the rites of hibernation and exploring whether, in our waking sleep, we can still yearn, struggle, resist – be human. 

 

Through the central figure of a biodegradable Persephone and a 2D virtual chorus of curious eyes, the piece explores the purifying power and danger of isolation. It interrogates the threshold between suspension and action, the real and the imagined and asks if the dream is good – why wake?

 

The initial broadcast involved audience interaction. What makes the perfect bedtime story? Are your dreams made of sand or something more substantial? We are inviting audiences to attend a nighttime engagement in PJs, with blankets close at hand and a night-time drink on the ready. We will be asking you to help us recreate a wondrous dream and set up for a perfect night’s sleep. Persephone’s Dream team warmly welcome people who identify as sleepyheads.

 

All ages (mostly adults)

Content warning: hints of violent intent

 

Click here to download a programme for the show.

 

Produced by Fat Lady CIC

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

 

 

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If you would like to help Tête à Tête and the artists creating this show, take a look at this.

 

On the same day:

Concept and Libretto – Tania Holland Williams; Composition – Gavin Alexander, Anna Braithwaite, Kevin Grist; Director – Tania Holland Williams; Costume and Set Design and Zoom Background Design – Sarah Jane Booth; Composition Cello Mentor: Clare O’Connell; Artist Associates – Bill Bankes Jones, Wendy Daws, Clare Foster. CAST: Persephone/Singer – Anna Braithwaite; Chimera/Cellist – Clare O’Connell; Sampling Musician – Gavin Alexander; Chorus of Curious Eyes – Mark Brophy, Nikki Carter, Sue Childs, Jo Eden, Sarah Howlett, Adam Jeanes, Angela McHutchon, Jacqueline Male, Julia Noakes, Gail Pallin, Mary Popple, Lin Russell, Kieran Shannon, Angela Turner, Jenny Weston, Marilyn Wheeler. PR support: Janet Moore Tech support: James Maxworthy and Jayden Lewis

Concept and Libretto: Tania Holland Williams

Composition: Gavin Alexander, Anna Braithwaite, Kevin Grist

Director: Tania Holland Williams

Costume and Set Design and Zoom Background Design: Sarah Jane Booth

Composition Cello Mentor: Clare O’Connell

Artist Associates: Bill Bankes Jones, Wendy Daws, Clare Foster.

PR support: Janet Moore

Tech support: James Maxworthy and Jayden Lewis

CAST:

Persephone/Singer: Anna Braithwaite

Chimera/Cellist: Clare O’Connell

Sampling Musician: Gavin Alexander

Chorus of Curious Eyes: Mark Brophy, Nikki Carter, Sue Childs, Jo Eden, Sarah Howlett, Adam Jeanes, Angela McHutchon, Jacqueline Male, Julia Noakes, Gail Pallin, Mary Popple, Lin Russell, Kieran Shannon, Angela Turner, Jenny Weston, Marilyn Wheeler.