20:45-21:45, Thursday 8th August 2019


Music: Karen Wimhurst

Words: Found text, arranged by Karen Wimhurst


Vinyl crackles… a locked groove… the breaking of plastic waves. In an attic of bubblewrap, the story of our synthetic world is unpacked. 1907; an era brimming with bakelite excitement dawns; the end of poverty and exploiting our natural world… no need for ivory… a glorious democracy built with this material of endless forms. The polymer parade begins; the scintillation of cellophane, advertising and consumerism takes hold; easy wipe clean living, the immorality of single use throwaways.


Synthetica is a fractured sung narrative exploring the Midas touch of our times… so much made possible within the heartbeat of environmental catastrophe.


Produced by MoDiP AUB


The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London, WC1H 9PY



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Also on the same day

Composer: Karen Wimhurst

Director: Katharine Piercey

Costume: Paige Gregory & Sandra Philips

Sound Production: Ed Bersey


Soprano: Brittany Soriano

Trumpet: Elaine Close

Vinyl: Ole Rudd

Voice Overs: Fraser Wilson