Debussy was long fascinated by Poe’s stories, and struggled for at least the final decade of his life to find a way to capture the essence and tone of Poe’s tale, leaving a series of three libretti and about 25 minutes’ worth of sketches for voice and piano. This performance will look at existing fragments and create a new piece of musical theatre from them, starting where Debussy finished, exploring and exploiting the possibilities offered both by Debussy’s musical material and Poe’s story.

Devised after Words and Music by Claude Debussy, Edgar Allan Poe and others.