20:30-21:30, Wednesday 6th September 2023

The Cockpit


Music: Tina Gooding

Words: Alice d’Lumiere


At Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2021 full-time Performance Poet and part-time woman, Alice d’Lumiere, staged a “Spoken Word Overture“. She laid down a challenge to herself; to overcome her deep, childhood inability to sing. Now, after a 24 month intermission, this self-confessed outsider in gender, and 51 year old late-starter in opera, returns to Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2023 to reveal if she’s finally able to hold a note. 


Themes of vocal identity, gender fluidity and the individual’s need for self-expression are humorously explored by a beguiling communicator in a one hour work in progress; combining prose, verse, comedy, a dash of performance art and yes, perhaps this time some actual singing! Contains original music and possibly some foolhardy attempts at the classical repertoire.


Age Rating: All ages, but mostly adults

Content Advisory: to see content advisories for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2023 shows, click here.


Produced by Truelove Tours


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



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Alice d’Lumiere and Truelove Tours  have been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.




Writer/Performer: Alice d’Lumiere 

Composer: Tina Gooding

Pianist: Daniel Lee Chappell


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Writer/Performer: Alice d’Lumiere

Composer: Tina Gooding

Pianist: Daniel Lee Chappell


Daniel Lee Chappell is a Pianist, Composer and Music Director, working across the UK and Europe. He studied at the University of Manchester, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and Royal College of Music in London. Recent credits include An Evening with Covid (The Bohemia, Finchley 2023); Voices of The Sands (Tete-a-Tete 2022).