Thursday 18th, 21.45 & Friday 19th August, 21.55
SoS Music Theatre
Yellow grew out of a piece that was performed as part of Tte Tte: The Opera Festival 2010, and has been a continuously developing project. The initial work, ‘She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping’ was based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’ and that underlying idea has remained. This, I hope, is the first of many upcoming projects that aim to newly understand the operatic form, and the expressive and dramatic power of music in the theatre. Daniel Saleeb
Yellow fuses opera with theatre and performance art and embraces quadrophic sound, live video and an immersive design to re-examine the audience’s relationship with opera. Together with a haunting chamber ensemble score, this is an operatic experience like no other.
Taking inspiration from Charlotte Gilman’s seminal short story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, the three short works explore madness and mental strain through a surreal tapestry of dirty limericks and marital psychosis.
Music & Director: Daniel Saleeb
Words: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Daniel Saleeb and Ossian
Designer: Georgia Lowe
Lighting Designer: Richard Williamson
Filming: Alana McVerry
Produced by: Ben Monks and Will Young for Supporting Wall
Soprano: Miranda Heldt
Baritone: Richard de Winter
Flute: Cathy Birch
Clarinet: Ellen Deverall
Piano: Martin Ford
Percussion: Gerard Rundell
Violin: Gemma Sharples
Violincello: Verity Evanson
Miranda Heldt: Soprano trained at GSMD. Recent work includes Dido in Dido & Aeneas (Ad Parnassum, Venice/London) and St Matthew Passion (National Theatre).
Richard De Winter: Baritone trained at RAM. He has toured Europe with the English Theatre Company, and is former a member of the NewsRevue.
Cathy Birch: Flute studied under Anna Pope, Laura Jellicoe and Susan Milan, and is Programme Manager for Learning and Participation at Spitalfields Music.
Ellen Deverall: Clarinet trained at RAM and was a finalist in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Soloist Competition.
She performs with the St James Quintet.
Martin Ford: Piano is assistant organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Recent CD releases include Duruflé’s Requiem for Harmonia Mundi.
Gerard Rundell: Percussion trained at RCM, and has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus
Gemma Sharples: Violin trained at RAM and has performed with the BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. She is a founding member of Holywell String Quartet.
Verity Evanson: Violoncello trained at RCM and performs with the Leonora Piano Trio, Holywell String Quartet and Albero Ensemble.
Daniel Saleeb: Director and composer studied with Kenneth Hesketh at RCM, and was awarded a place on the International Composer Pyramid project in 2010. Recent commissions include Stefan the Spoonmaker for percussionist Rebecca McChrystal, Look Graciously Upon Us for the Chapel Choir of Harrow School, and an electronic score for Amphibians (Bridewell Theatre).
Georgia Lowe: Designer trained at Motley. Credits include Blue Surge and Fanny and Faggot (Finborough) and Amphibians (Bridewell).
She is a finalist for the Linbury Prize 2011.
Richard Williamsons: Lighting Designer lighting design includes Richard III, An Arab Tragedy (Swan Theatre and tour), Amphibians (Bridewell) and Thrill Me (Tristan Bates and Charing Cross Theatre).
Produced by Ben Monks and Will Young for Supporting Wall – www.supportingwall.com