BLUE ELECTRIC - AN OPERA

A collaboration between husband and wife based on Alba Arikha's memoir Major/Minor.
BLUE ELECTRIC, based on Alba Arikha’s acclaimed memoir Major/Minor, is a collaboration between husband and wife, an opera of juxtapositions: contemporary orchestral music and bursts of pop, adolescent preoccupations and concentration camps. It is about a father and daughter and the effect – years later - of the Holocaust on their relationship, a subject which has rarely been addressed in operatic form. Music by Tom Smail, libretto by Alba Arikha, directed by Hugh Hudson.

Suitable for age 12+

THIS PRODUCTION

Starts at, 7.30pm and runs for approximately 1 hour & 30 minutes with an interval.

PERFORMANCES

27, 28, 29 and 30 October.

Press Night

Date to be confirmed.

Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £22.00.
Concession £15 (under 26, over 60, unemployed, student, industry member eg Equity)
10 for £10.00 (£10 tickets for those who need them).

THIS PRODUCTION IS POSTPONED

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BLUE ELECTRIC - AN OPERA
Music by Tom Smail, libretto by Alba Arikha, directed by Hugh Hudson.

BLUE ELECTRIC, based on Alba Arikha’s acclaimed memoir Major/Minor, is a collaboration between husband and wife, an opera of juxtapositions: contemporary orchestral music and bursts of pop, adolescent preoccupations and concentration camps. It is about a father and daughter and the effect – years later - of the Holocaust on their relationship, a subject which has rarely been addressed in operatic form.

BLUE ELECTRIC will be staged with a live orchestra of 11 and a chorus of eight singers. There will also be projections of war footage.

The age suitability for BLUE ELECTRIC is 12 years plus.

A teenage girl in 1980’s Paris attempts to lead a normal adolescent existence - falling in love, rebelling, searching for her identity - against the backdrop of her volatile artist father’s secret history of war, holocaust and exile. By day, Maya a seventeen-year old Parisian girl smokes in secret, wears blue electric eye shadow, dreams of boys and tries to fit in. By night, she wonders why her father screams in German and where his anger comes from. She fights him, and he fights her back. Slowly. as the gulf between them widens, the harrowing truth begins to emerge. 
COMPANY
COMPANY
Music: Tom Smail. Libretto: Alba Arikha.
Set and Costume: Madeleine Boyd.
Director: Hugh Hudson.

CAST Soloists: Mimi Doulton, Jonathan Brown, Helen Charlston. Camilla Seale, Christopher Bowen, Emily Wenman. Conductor: Shaun Matthew.

CREATIVES Designer: Madeleine Boyd. Set and costume: Eloise Rose. Lighting: Petr Vocka. Production manager: Matt Mortimer.


BIOGRAPHIES MUSIC: TOM SMAIL's latest commissions include a First World War song cycle and a choral setting of Blake’s thro’ midnight streets. His works have been performed recently at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Riverside Studios, the Royal Court and around the country with English Touring opera.

LIBRETTO: ALBA ARIKHA is the author of five books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her memoir, Major/Minor, was shortlisted for the Spear’s Awards. Her novel, Where to find me, was selected among the best books of 2018 in the Evening Standard and longlisted for the 2020 Wingate Prize. She is also a singer/songwriter and has recorded two CDs.

DIRECTOR: HUGH HUDSON is the director of the Academy Award film Chariots of Fire (1981) Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and I dreamed of Africa (2000) His latest film is Altamira (2016). He made his opera debut with The Crucible (Staatstheater, Braunschweig, 2015), music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward and stage sets by Brian Clark.

DESIGNER: MADELEINE BOYD made her Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season designing Glare in the Linbury Studio Theatre. In the 2017/18 Season she designs Na’ama Zisser’s new opera Mamzer Bastard at the Hackney Empire. Her opera designs include set and costume designs for Powder Her Face (Royal Danish Opera, Arets Reumert Prize 2016 for Best Opera Production), Albert Herring (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux (Welsh National Opera, La traviata and Don Giovanni (Opera North).She was awarded the 2008 Design Fellowship from Independent Opera.
BLUE ELECTRIC - AN OPERA
Music by Tom Smail, libretto by Alba Arikha, directed by Hugh Hudson.

BLUE ELECTRIC CAST SOLOISTS: Mimi Doulton, Jonathan Brown, Helen Charlston. Camilla Seale, Christopher Bowen, Emily Wenman.

CONDUCTOR: Shaun Matthew.CREATIVES DESIGNER: Madeleine Boyd.

SET AND COSTUME: Eloise Rose. LIGHTING: Petr Vocka.

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Matt Mortimer.

BLUE ELECTRIC COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES
MUSIC: Tom Smail’s latest commissions include a First World War song cycle and a choral setting of Blake’s thro’ midnight streets. His works have been performed recently at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Riverside Studios, the Royal Court and around the country with English Touring opera.

LIBRETTO:
Alba Arikha is the author of five books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her memoir, Major/Minor, was shortlisted for the Spear’s Awards. Her novel, Where to find me, was selected among the best books of 2018 in the Evening Standard and longlisted for the 2020 Wingate Prize. She is also a singer/songwriter and has recorded two CDs.

DIRECTOR: Hugh Hudson is the director of the Academy Award film Chariots of Fire (1981) Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and I dreamed of Africa (2000) His latest film is Altamira (2016). He made his opera debut with The Crucible (Staatstheater, Braunschweig, 2015), music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward and stage sets by Brian Clark.

DESIGNER: Madeleine Boyd made her Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season designing Glare in the Linbury Studio Theatre. In the 2017/18 Season she designs Na’ama Zisser’s new opera Mamzer Bastard at the Hackney Empire. Her opera designs include set and costume designs for Powder Her Face (Royal Danish Opera, Arets Reumert Prize 2016 for Best Opera Production), Albert Herring (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux (Welsh National Opera, La traviata and Don Giovanni (Opera North).She was awarded the 2008 Design Fellowship from Independent Opera.

Location

The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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