Live Performance

19:00-19:30, Sunday 8th August 2021

The Cockpit

 

There will also be an interactive broadcast of this show at 19:00-20:00, Wednesday 11th August 2021. A recording of that broadcast will be available for 28 days.

 

Music: Charlotte Marlow

Words: Cecil Castellucci

 

Full Price: £15; If you can’t afford it: £5.

 

 

“She drinks, smokes, swears, [and] is scarily ugly”— men would say, yet women would say “she was a lady to her fingertips”. Who was the enigmatic Princess Metternich?

 

The most infamous belle laide in Paris, she helped birth haute couture, introduced Wagner to Paris, and was a muse to painters such as Degas, had countless songs written about her, was known to turn cartwheels in her crinoline, founded a smokers’ club where she and her friends enjoyed cigars, and smuggled the crown jewels out of France after the Second Empire fell. 

 

She was close to Empress Eugenie, with whom she made waves across Europe with her daring style and enduring friendship.

 

The threads Princess Pauline Metternich wove into the fabric of western history have mostly been lost to time.

 

Now, she is largely remembered for her infamous and disputed emancipated topless duel with a countess over a flower arrangement. 

 

So who was the real Pauline Metternich?

 

Come and join Medusa Collective as New York Times bestselling author Cecil Castellucci and composer Charlotte Marlow and a woman and non-binary led collective bring a feminist and forward facing look at Pauline’s legacy to a scratch performance of this new work combining sequential art and opera, featuring new art from several exciting comic book artists.

 

This performance contains mild injury and non-sexual nudity. Please be aware this is a scratch performance and as such is still a work in progress.

 

The interactive broadcast will include a Q&A with the cast and creative team.

 

Age range: PG-13

Content advisories: Mild threat and violence, nudity in accompanying material (drawn, unrealistic) which is also projected as part of the show.

 

In a festival of new work, please note that shows can often overrun.

 

Produced by Medusa Collective

 

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

 

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If you would like to help Tête à Tête and the artists creating this show, take a look at this.

 

Music: Charlotte Marlow 

Words: Cecil Castellucci

Director: Lily Dyble 

Producer: Helene Mathiesen 

Artists: Fiona Marchbank, Vicky Leta, Rumbidzai Savanhu 

Soprano: Eleanor Sanderson-Nash

Soprano: Helene Mathiesen

Mezzo-soprano: Flora Macdonald

Pianist: Celia Denore-Lopez

 

On the same day:

 

Music: Charlotte Marlow

Words: Cecil Castellucci

Director: Lily Dyble

Producer: Helene Mathiesen

Artists: Fiona Marchbank, Vicky Leta, Rumbidzai Savanhu

Soprano: Eleanor Sanderson-Nash

Soprano: Helene Mathiesen

Mezzo-soprano: Flora Macdonald

Pianist: Celia Denore-Lopez