19:00-19:50 (Part 1), 20:10-21:05  (Part 2), Wednesday 9th September 2020


Music: Harvey Brough

Words: Carole Hayman


We all have dark thoughts, but some are deadly dark.


Combining violent real life crimes with magical realism; The Hive shows a world in which forensic doctors, barristers and detectives meet Hansel, Gretel and Cinders in the other worldly forest of Arden. 


From Grimms’ tales to the real thing, we are all fascinated with violent crime: on TV, in the media, in films, and particularly when the perpetrators are women. The Hive, an opera as beguiling as it is shocking, uses heartbreaking drama, black humour and a scorching score to explore why.


“Women kill within a small area. Where they have most influence – within their domestic corral. You might say…(he smiles) Women kill close to the hive”.


The Hive is presented as a Scratch Performance. It began life as a Tête à Tête production as a part of the Grimeborn Festival in 2016.


Age range: 18+


Produced by Hive Opera


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

*Read more here.






The Hive was featured on the BBC’s Untold series – listen now: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jy13



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On the same day:

Music: Harvey Brough

Words: Carole Hayman

Director: TBC

Designer: Ellen Cairns

Soloists: TBC

Photo: Josh Pulman