Sister - Work in Progress. Pinter Studio, Queen Mary. 12 December 2015.

Born Mad: interview with director Rebecca Hanbury

Fringe Opera talks to Rebecca Hanbury, director of cutting-edge theatre company Born Mad, about the world première of her upcoming show, Sister. How did you put together the script for Sister? We set out to…


Ulla sets sail at Kings Place

“What do you think an opera is?” I ask my nine-year-old niece before the curtain comes up on Ulla’s Odyssey – OperaUpClose’s latest fringe feat and first ever child-friendly opera….

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Your Call: Interview with composer Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is the composer and director of a new opera, Your Call, which premières at Tête-a-Tête opera festival this week. The work stems from a research project Kevin carried out with CreST (Creative Speech…

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Born Mad: Interview with director Rebecca Hanbury

Born Mad is a collective of theatre makers, creating boldly unconventional works of music theatre. The artists – which include director Rebecca Hanbury and composer Alex Groves – have been…


Sibling Rivalry on a Royal Scale: Andrew Davidson directs Handel’s Xerxes

Many of us know what it’s like to have (or to be) a bossy older sibling. But imagine if you had an older brother who was not only attention-seeking, but…


“You’re being controlled by a machine!” Interview with Nick Sutcliffe, Ensemble BPM

“I became totally hooked on minimalism aged 13,” grins composer and conductor Nick Sutcliffe. As he sinks into a demonstration of Louis Andriessen’s Hocketus, one of his favourite pieces of…


Rough for Opera Spring 2015, Second Movement

I never get a sense of déjà vu when I’m in The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone. Even though I’ve here before, for Second Movement’s Tri-Annual Rough for Opera evening, I know…


Opera in Small Doses: Interview with Bitesize Opera Company

How many opera fanatics does it take to set up a company? In the case of Bitesize Opera: eleven. I meet a portion of the team – three of the…

RUDDIGORE Happily coupled - Rose Maybud (Rebecca Moon) and Richard Dauntless (Philip Lee) Photo Bill Knight

A sort of topsy-turvy mad thing: interview with director John Savournin

“This particularly rapid unintelligible patter isn’t genuinely heard, and if it is it doesn’t matter,” John Savournin reels off fluently. “That can only be Gilbert talking, can’t it?” he adds….


Living the Dream: Interview with Natalie Katsou, director of Operaview

“Opera is never translated in Athens, where I grew up. To understand the stories, I learnt to focus on the way music is expressed, to read what lies inside the…