19:00-19:45, Wednesday 16th September 2020


Music: Gareth Churchill

Words: Hafsah Aneela Bashir




A sacred space of encounter where we meet. Our breath a bridge between us, time suspended, here our stories rise and fall. Here where everything is a mirror, we wait.


An artist shares the stage with singers and instrumentalists, responding to sound with brushstrokes on canvas. Deaf and hearing audiences meet in the space between breaths, a workshop presentation of the opening section of this new opera followed by audience Q&A to explore formidAbility’s creative approach to accessibility.


A stillness. The birth of new ways to be, divine poetry in the swirl of our mouths, a light so bright, we hold our breath here even if it hurts to breathe, even if staying alive is a feat, here, where being human is a miracle, our breath – the bridge between us is no longer yours or mine. 


At once, as One. 




All ages (mostly adults)


Produced by formidAbility


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

*Read more here.















Libretto Extract:


The Bridge Between Breaths by Hafsah Aneela Bashir


Act I – It’s 1795. Pero, an enslaved black man is stood peering out of the attic window of 7 Great George Street, Bristol, overlooking the Bristol harbour. He is drinking, lamenting about his beloved from the Caribbean island of Nevis.


Offstage, a spirit:  


Inhale. Breathe free

Between the chest bone 

And the heart, 

we’ll meet, 


Our breath, a bridge 

From where we rise and fall,

Time suspended, 

Can you hear my call?


Singer Receiving New Libretto, Smiling
Joanne Receives The New Libretto!


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Hopefully on the same day:

Director: Toria Banks

Composer: Gareth Churchill

Librettist: Hafsah Aneela Bashir

Soprano: Joanne Roughton-Arnold