Lite Bites: Love Letter (2012)

Where two lovers read their love letters aloud in private but may not be… just...

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Lite Bites: Love Letter (2012)

Where two lovers read their love letters aloud in private but may not be… just that… private. An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête again developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Love Letter Music & Words: Owen Bourne CREDITS Baritone: Danny Broad Soprano: Joanna Songi Vibes: Ric Elsworth Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Making Arrangements (2012)

An abandoned husband takes revenge by destroying his wife’s treasured dresses,...

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Making Arrangements (2012)

An abandoned husband takes revenge by destroying his wife’s treasured dresses, and with them their memories, love, and perhaps even her very identity and soul. Making Arrangements Music - Charlotte Bray | Words - Kate Kennedy (after the short story by Elizabeth Bowen) CREDITS Conductor: Alice Farnham Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Fabrice Serafino Choreographer: Kally Lloyd-Jones Singers: Hewson: Grant Doyle Leslie: Patrick Ashcroft Margery: Jennifer France Maid: Katie Grosset CHROMA Ensemble

Circus Tricks (2012)

Circus Tricks is set in the spellbinding, fleeting world of the circus, where...

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Circus Tricks (2012)

Circus Tricks is set in the spellbinding, fleeting world of the circus, where laughter is tragic, tears are hilarious and wonder both wrenches the heart and makes it soar! The knife thrower’s assistant cannot stand the pain of her secret love for the knife thrower, an acrobat fights the world through the bottle, his brother struggles to catch him one more time, the trapeze artist is entranced by the pursuit of a single moment of weightlessness, the horse dreams of running in straight lines and the contortionist is just plain lonely. And then there’s the elephant… Circus Tricks by Michael Henry & Adey Grummet CREDITS Conductor: Gerry Cornelius Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Tim Meacock Lighting Designer: Mark Doubleday Répétiteur: John-Paul Gandy Production Manager: James Donovan Cast: Alice (Trapeze Artist): Yvette Bonner Xiu (Mongolian Contortionist): Lilly Papaioannou Tanya (Knife Thrower’s Assistant): Alison Crookendale Jack (Knife Thrower): Daniel Broad Barney (Trick Pony): Christopher Diffey Tom (Acrobat): Daniel Keating-Roberts Jemmy (Acrobat, brother of Tom): Simon Wilding Chroma: Sarah O’Flynn Flute/Piccolo Stuart King (16 March Massimo di Trolio) Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Heidi Bennett Trumpet Clare O’Connell (20 March Chris Allan) Cello Steve Gibson Percussion Elena Hull Bass

Lite Bites: Everybody's Watching...

We’ve all awkwardly watch on as lovers quarrel in the park, street or pub....

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Lite Bites: Everybody's Watching (In Da Park) (2011)

We’ve all awkwardly watch on as lovers quarrel in the park, street or pub. This secret fascination was the inspiration for Everybody’s Watching, a short operatic scene depicting a domestic squabble. Awkward and comic throughout this piece places the audience firmly in the middle of the action. An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête will again develop, rehearse and perform 4 brand new, super-short operas which will be presented all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show will go on – expect the unexpected! Everybody's Watching (In Da Park) Music - Tom Floyd | Words - David Spittle CREDITS Baritone: Daniel Broad Soprano: Sian Winstanley Harp: Claudia Studer Cello: Corentin Chassard Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: James Young Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Icarus (2011)

This is the second part of our development of Icarus, following Tête à...

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Icarus (2011)

This is the second part of our development of Icarus, following Tête à Tête’s staging of a short scene last summer at the Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. In this, the first act, we see the master craftsman Daedalus teaching his son Icarus the art of the smith. But Icarus struggles to match the high expectations of his father. By contrast, Talus, Daedalus’s nephew, surges ahead in his invention – with devastating consequences. Icarus Music - Michael Zev Gordon | Words - Stephen Plaice CREDITS Conductor: Tim Murray Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Ellan Parry Icarus: Katherine Bond Talus: Christopher Diffey Polycaste: Lucy Schaufer Daedalus: Keel Watson CHROMA Ensemble Flute/piccolo: Sarah O’Flynn Clarinet/bass clarinet: Stuart King Violin: Deborah White Double bass: Elena Hull Piano: John-Paul Gandy Accordion: Ian Watson Trombone: Neill Hadden Percussion: Joby Burgess

LiteBites: New World (2011)

It will tell us everything we need to know. Please do the right thing. Decide. ...

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LiteBites: New World (2011)

It will tell us everything we need to know. Please do the right thing. Decide. An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête will again develop, rehearse and perform 4 brand new, super-short operas which will be presented all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show will go on – expect the unexpected! New World Music - Samuel Bordoli | Words - Mark Ravenhill CREDITS Baritone: Daniel Broad Soprano: Sian Winstanley Harp: Claudia Studer Cello: Corentin Chassard Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: James Young Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Lites Bites: The Fox and The Crow...

Based on one of the ancient fables by Aesop – each a ‘lite bite’, but a...

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Lites Bites: The Fox and The Crow (2011)

Based on one of the ancient fables by Aesop – each a ‘lite bite’, but a morsel with a punchy message. Here the animals show us the perils of vanity and self-love; if only the Crow hadn’t been so enamoured with the sound of her own voice, she would not have relinquished the cheese she held in her beak, and the flattering fox would not have triumphed! An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête will again develop, rehearse and perform 4 brand new, super-short operas which will be presented all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show will go on – expect the unexpected! The Fox and the Crow Music - Charlotte Bray | Words - Kate Kennedy CREDITS Baritone: Daniel Broad Soprano: Sian Winstanley Harp: Claudia Studer Cello: Corentin Chassard Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: James Young Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Love Songs (2011)

As a couple struggle to save their marriage, they turn in desperation to the...

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Love Songs (2011)

As a couple struggle to save their marriage, they turn in desperation to the experts to help them make sense of the challenges of loving. A work in progress for Tête à Tête’s Seedbed programme, Love Songs is a meditation on the nature of love Music & Words: Robert Fokkens Music Director: Tim Murray Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Jemima Carter-Lewis Featuring: Christopher Diffey, Sadhbh Dennedy, Keel Watson CHROMA Ensemble Alto sax (doubling clarinet): Simon Stewart Clarinet/bass clarinet: Stuart King Double Bass: Elena Hull Percussion: Steve Gibson Piano: John-Paul Gandy

Lite Bites: Sparklepuff (2011)

A homeless woman uses a mechanically-adapted shopping trolley to extract...

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Lite Bites: Sparklepuff (2011)

A homeless woman uses a mechanically-adapted shopping trolley to extract mysterious energy from left-over packaging. She calls this energy “Sparklepuff” and its properties are magical, moving and very dangerous… An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête will again develop, rehearse and perform 4 brand new, super-short operas which will be presented all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show will go on – expect the unexpected! Sparklepuff Music - Gary Carpenter | Words - Simon Nicholson CREDITS Baritone: Daniel Broad Soprano: Sian Winstanley Harp: Claudia Studer Cello: Corentin Chassard Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: James Young Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Lite Bites (2010)

Tête à Tête rehearsed, developed and performed 4 brand new super-short,...

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Lite Bites (2010)

Tête à Tête rehearsed, developed and performed 4 brand new super-short, operas all over the Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres, and public places across the borough including: Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Watch the documentary about the making of the 2010 Lite Bites and also full performances of them all. Expect the unexpected! Only Connect When lost souls collide and words fail. Music & Words: Julian Grant The General As he walks in a noisy street, and oblivious to the possibility of being understood, a man in his late 30’s, speaks in French on his mobile phone of his budding romance with the General’s young daughter. Music & Words: Dominique Le Gendre Contact Two people argue loudly in the street. It isn’t clear why they are arguing. It isn’t clear whether they know each other. It doesn’t look like it is going to stop. But it IS clear that things could turn ugly. Music & Words: Robert Fokkens Just Bloody Schmooze the Woman! A comic opera about two singers who try to woo their colleagues after rehearsal- and after a few sherries. Music & Words: Stephen Crowe CREDITS Singers: Danny Broad – Baritone & Charmian Bedford – Soprano Accompaniment: Claudia Studer – Harp & Katie Bicknell – Flute Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: Tim Murray Designer: Jemima Carter-Lewis Stage Manager: Sarah Tryfan

Krazy Kat (2010)

It’s a love triangle between a saintly and philosophical cat, a cynical...

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Krazy Kat (2010)

It’s a love triangle between a saintly and philosophical cat, a cynical egotist of a mouse and Ignatz, who obsessively seeks to “bean that Kat’s noodle” with a brick. Krazy, blind with love and an idealistic naivety, awaits each brick with joy. Based on the comic strip Krazy Kat (1913-44) and its cartoonist George Herriman it is set in Coconino County, a landscape inspired by the Navajo lands of Monument Valley in Arizona with endlessly shifting skies, burnt-orange buttes and mesas, flapjack moons and lunatic cacti. Krazy Kat Music - Joanna Lee | Words - Howard Skempton Featuring: Omar Ebrahim, Sarah Leonard, Joseph Shovelton, Alison Wells and CHROMA Ensemble CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes Jones Designer: Fabrice Serafino Singers: Omar Ebrahim, Sarah Leonard, Joseph Shovelton and Alison Wells Orchestra: CHROMA

Lite Bites (2009)

This is a a final showing of our 2009 flashmob-style mini operas which we...

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Lite Bites (2009)

This is a a final showing of our 2009 flashmob-style mini operas which we rehearsed and developed all over the Riverside Studios and the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham throughout the Festival. We also performed as many of our '08 Lite Bites as we could manage! The Lite Bites are: Golden Years Music: Jordan Hunt & La JohnJoseph The Upper Clapton Senior Citizens Light Operatic Society is back in town! Septuagenarian soprano Livinia Greengarden is about to take to the stage in the most wildly anticipated show of her career. In the audience is notoriously prim, Claudine d’Armoire, Hackney’s art’s council funding coordinator. Will all go well? Lear TV Music - Joanna Lee | Words - Howard Skempton Set in a news channel (a super-dramatic American one), two presenters – Ed (a vain and gregarious duck) and Sheila (a stunning bimbo of a kangaroo) – fall in love and are leaving the screen to ‘hop the whole world three times round’. Toxic Assets Music - Joe Cutler | Words - Peter Burt Mr Green comes to see Ms Wise about opening an account to save money to buy a house. Mr Wise persuades him to opt for a high interest structured product and to part with large sums of money deposited in a piggy bank. What happens next is a modern day parable based on our current ‘credit crunch’ times. The Inventor Music & Words: Dominique Le Gendre An athletic and twinkly-eyed Eastern European waiter flirts playfully with a giggly lady-who lunches on a sunny terrace. Through an exchange filled with double entendre we hear his vigorous lament and yearning for a place in his own corrupt, poverty stricken country. The Agony of the Knife Thrower’s Assistant Music - Mike Henry | Words - Adey Grummet The Knife Thrower’s Assistant finds a desperate remedy for her unrequited love for her showbiz partner Fairytale Relationship…yeh right Music - Laura Bowler | Words - Alasdair Middleton “Happily ever after” doesn’t necessarily really mean happy! CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: Tim Murray Singers: Danny Broad & Louise Mott Accompaniment: Tim Murray/JP Gandy & Stuart King

Circus Tricks (2009)

The knife thrower’s assistant cannot stand the pain of her secret love for the...

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Circus Tricks (2009)

The knife thrower’s assistant cannot stand the pain of her secret love for the knife-thrower. Barney the horse just dreams of running in straight lines. Alice, the trapeze artist longs for the deadly sensation of falling. Three brilliantly executed vignettes portray circus performers desperate to break the daily cycle of their act. It will leave you laughing, spellbound and utterly entranced. Circus Tricks (2009) Music - Michael Henry | Words - Adey Grummet CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Conductor: Tim Murray Designer: Tim Meacock. Performed by Mike Henry, Adey Grummet, Lara Martins, Kevin Kyle. Piano: J P Gandy Percussion: Julian Warburton Flute: Katie Bicknell.