Thursday 15th August & Friday 16th August, 2013


Age of Anxiety




Age of Anxiety’s newest and most exciting challenge comes in the form of THE CROCODILE – an opera written by Llewelyn ap Myrddin. Originally composed for a student performance at the Guildhall, this particular opera has been eighteen months in the making. After a month or so of reading many short stories, Llewelyn chanced upon a gem from Dostoyevsky, upon which THE CROCODILE has been based. This new production will see a fully realised imagining of Llewelyn ap Myrddin’s piece.



This opera tells the story of the showing of a great crocodile at a high society party in St Petersberg University, at the turn of the twentieth century. Surrounded by his acolytes, Dr Philip Philipovich is hard at work finalising details for a pre-­‐public press conference with his chums Semyon and Ivan, when disaster strikes and Ivan is eaten whole by said Croc! What are Philip and Semyon to do? How will they explain what has happened, and how will they get it past Ivan’s diva wife Elana? Musically, THE CROCODILE is a wonderful example of Shostakovichian writing, infused with samba, tango and soul, that nods to both Tchaichovsky and Angelo Badalamenti. An exciting and innovative musical fusion, THE CROCODILE is a sharp and witty study of what happens when the logic of progress and culture starts to crumble around us, and we refuse to accept our fundamental desires. Puppetry plays an important role in the production. The Crocodile appears as both a puppet (conjured as if from a child’s dream) and a performer.





The Crocodile

Music: Llywelyn ap Myrddin


Director/Choreographer: Alex Sutton

Designer: Ben Gerlis

Co-­‐Costume Designer: Mike Leopold

Costume Supervisor: Fiona Pollard

Lighting Designer: Christopher Nairne

Production Manager: Mike Leopold

Stage Manager: Roshni Savjani

Executive Producer: Age of Anxiety

Producer: Fleur Mellor

Puppet Designer/Builder: Roger and Julie Lade

Make Up: Reuben Kaye

Press: Anne Mayer

General Admin: Joss Carr

Assistant to Ben Gerlis: Jess Hudsley

Music Director: John Murton

Philip: Kris Belligh

Semyon: Leandros Taliotis

Ivan: Graham Neal

Elana: Kristy Swift

Ignaty: Peter Corry

Franz: James Soller

Mutter: Jane Webster

Maid: Christina Petrou

Reporter: Alexander Beck

Crocodile: Caroline Mathias

Flute: Ruth Stockdale

Clarinet: Richard Russell

Trumpet: Freddie Bols

Percussion: Ollie Taylor

Guitar: Grant Dowse

Piano (rep): Louisa Ridgway

Violin I: Lucia D’Avanzo

Violin II: Xandrija Edwins

Viola: Bethany Britt

Cello: Frederique Legrand

Double Bass: Hattie Scott


Anne Mayer is a freelance publicist. She has worked with London Contemporary Dance (The Place), Opera North, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has spent nine years running press at the Royal Court. Since going freelance, she has worked for a wide variety of theatre companies.


Alex Sutton is a director of opera, theatre, musicals and film. He’s worked in most of the major British opera houses, the Young Vic and the National theatre. He has also worked as a curator, producer, production manager, choreographer, stage manager and designer. Contact him for a CV on


Christina Petrou completed her BMus (hons) at GSMD in 2008 and currently studies with Sarah Pring. Recent roles include: Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (OHP Young Artists) Giovanna Rigoletto (Bury Court), Bubikopf The Emperor of Atlantis (Dioneo Opera) and Adina L’elisir d’amore (Pavilion).


Fleur Mellor. Production credits include: Celtic Rhythms (Netherlands), Making The Difference Awards (Belfast Telegraph), and Mary Peters -­‐ 40 Golden Years (Belfast GOH), The Music Box -­‐ A Christmas Extravaganza (Belfast Waterfront) in its 5th year.


Alexander Beck graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. This is Alexander’s third show with director Alex Sutton. Alexander is currently workshopping John Cameron’s new musical 1916, which is to be re-­‐lived later next year.


Peter Corry past roles include: Javert Les Miserables (The Palace, London, and UK Tour), Fagin Oliver (Cyprus), Title Role Sweeney Todd (Theatre At The Mill), Jamie The Last Five Years (Derry Playhouse), Title Role The Marriage Of Figaro (Netherlands), Guglielmo Cosi Fan Tutte (Greenwich Theatre), and Anatoly Chess (Dublin).


London-­‐born Jane Webster made her solo operatic debut at the ROH andhas sung over 25 Principal roles across Europe and the UK. Moving into West End Musicals, Jane has appeared in Phantom, and sung 110 performances as Mother Abbess The Sound of Music (London Palladium).


Michael Leopold is a theatre and costume designer with a flair for production management. Credits (whilst in training) include: Privates on Parade and Peter and Alice (Chris Oram, Design Assistant, Noel Coward), The Hanging Garden, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (Michael Pavelka, Design Assistant, tour and Abbey Theatre).


James Soller is excited to be making his London debut. He is currently finishing an MA in Classical Acting at LAMDA. Upcoming credits: Pericles/Boult Pericles. Recent Credits include: Jamie The Last Five Years, Adolpho The Drowsy Chaperone, Cable South Pacific, Title Role Candide, and Tony West Side Story.


Graham Neal has studied at the University of Surrey and Trinity College of Music, and on the Knack opera course at ENO. He has performed many leading operatic roles and is a well-­‐established oratorio, concert and choral singer. Graham has recently returned from the Iford Arts Festival, where he featured in Acis and Galatea.


Caroline Mathius is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who trained at Trinity Laban (London) and Espacio LEM (Buenos Aires). Performance credits: Sehgal’s Turner Prize-­‐nominated installation These associations (Tate Modern), Carmen (Salzburg Festspiele), The Friday League and roles with Immercity.


London-­‐born baritone Leandros Taliotis made his operatic debut as Sid inAlbert Herring (De Vlaamse Opera and Teatro Rendano). Other roles include: Young Prisoner From the House of the Dead and Spirit L’Ordeo (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), and Papageno Die Zauberflöte and Barone Douphol La Traviata (Cambridge Philharmonic).


Kristy Swift made her European debut as Olympia Les Contes d’Hoffman (Nationale Reisopera). Recent highlights include: Atalanta Xerxes (Iford Opera), Mag in Wargo’s Winners (Wexford Festival), Paquette Candide (LSO), Title Role Theodora (Opera Bergen), and Young Heidi in Sondheim’s Follies (Opera de Toulon).


Kris Belligh studied at the Guildhall and Royal Scottish Academy. Il Conte, Don Giovanni, Marcello, Guglielmo, Dandini, Falke, Dancairo, Belcore and Fiorello. At last year’s Festival, Kris created Venables’ Unleashed. Future projects: The Gambler (Netherlands Opera), Daphne (La Monnaie), and Falstaff (Opéra Royal de Wallonie).