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  Orpha Phelan.  Conductor : Gabriella Teychenné.
BLUE ELECTRIC - AN OPERA
Music by Tom Smail, libretto by Alba Arikha, directed by Orpha Phelan.

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  and a chorus of eight singers. 
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. 
BLUE ELECTRIC CAST SOLOISTS:
Mimi Doulton, Jonathan Brown, Helen Charlston, Camilla Seale, Christopher Bowen, Emily Wenman.

CONDUCTOR:    Gabriella Teychenné.

SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER: Eloise  Philpot.

LIGHTING:  Petr Vocka.

CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Madeleine Boyd

BLUE ELECTRIC COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES
MUSIC:  Tom Smail’s latest commissions include a First World War song cycle, a cello sonata and a setting of Blake’s Thro’ midnight streets.   His works have been performed recently at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Riverside Studios, BAM, the Royal Court, the West End (Duchess Theatre) and around the country with English Touring Opera.
His most recent film, Last Words, directed by Jonathan Nossiter, was selected at Cannes in 2020. 

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: Orpha Phelan. Based in London, Orpha Phelan hails from Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Her production of A Quiet Place was awarded the prestigious Place de l'Opera prize of Best Opera 2018 in The Netherlands. She is two years running the recipient of Denmark's most prestigious arts prize, the Reumert Award, for Best Opera Production 2016 for Powder Her Face at the Royal Danish Opera and Best Opera Production 2017 for Dead Man Walking, also for The Royal Danish Opera. Recent seasons saw her direct a highly acclaimed production of Billy Budd for Opera North and Fidelio for Longborough Festival Opera as well as making her French debut at Opéra National de Lorraine with Wuthering Heights. Last season she staged her first production for Irish National Opera, La Cenerentola which was nominated for Best Production in The Irish Times Theatre Awards, as well as Dialogues des Carmelites for the RNCM. This season and next she will return to Irish National Opera, make her German and Norwegian debuts, and direct the world premiere of Raising Icarus by Michael Zev Gordon.

CONDUCTOR: Gabriella Teychenné studied at the University of Cambridge, Royal College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. She has worked with the Residentie Orkest, BBC SIngers, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Covent Garden Sinfonia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Picardie, Staatsoper Hamburg, LUDWIG Orchestra and ensemble unitedberlin. Future engagements include l’Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Ensemble Contrechamps, and the Russian National Orchestra.


Audience content warning: please be aware there is smoke/haze and strobe lighting effects used during each performance.


How To Buy your Ticket
Each ticket corresponds to the number of seats you need. For example if there are two of you, buy ONE ticket of 'Room For Two People' - this will give you two seats in a cluster socially distant from other seats. 'Room for Three' gives you three seats on one ticket and so on. If there are up to six people in your party, buy any combination of each ticket to add up to the number of seats you need.
Each individual ticket as named gives you:
Single Ticket = one seat
Room For Two People = two seats
Room For Three People = three seats
Room For Four People = four seats

Social Distance Seating at The Playground Theatre
To comply with Covid-19 Social Distancing guidelines, tickets for this event are only available in seating clusters of seats. Patrons who are coming in a party of up to six people will need to purchase two or more seating clusters appropriate to their needs. Your party may not necessarily be in clusters of seats next to each other, but each cluster is socially distant from other seats.

The venue has a limited number of solo seats and to maintain social distancing within the theatre anyone requiring solo seating when all of these are sold will need to purchase a 'Room For Two' or higher ticket. Parties or groups larger than six people will be refused admission to comply with the latest Covid-19 Social Distancing Guidelines.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause but the venue has to ensure the safety and well-being of all patrons visiting the theatre and the seating restrictions enable us to comply with these requirements and still stage live theatre for you to enjoy.

Latecomers
To ensure the health and safety of all audience members, performers and theatre staff and reduce the risk of Covid-19 cross-contamination we regret that any latecomers will not be permitted into the Theatre.

Covid19
Please ensure you bring and wear a mask in the theatre or purchase one from the box office. Please be advised that if anyone attending shows signs of being unwell or receives a temperature test that indicates they may be affected by Covid19, the venue reserves the right to refuse admission in the interests of health and safety of all patrons in the theatre. Temperature checks are being taken at point of entry and you are also required to either provide your contact details for track and trace or scan the QR code linked to the NHS tracking app.  

Please note all seating purchases are final and refunds in part or in whole cannot be made if you or a member of your party is unable to attend or is refused entry due to late arrival or as a result of a high temperature check or showing symptoms associated with Covid-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Suitable for age 12+

THIS PRODUCTION

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

Tickets available via our ticketing website:  https://lineupnow.com/event/blue-electric

PERFORMANCES

27th, 28th, 30th, 31st October.

Tickets 

How To Buy your Ticket
Each ticket corresponds to the number of seats you need. For example if there are two of you, buy ONE ticket of 'Room For Two People' - this will give you two seats in a cluster socially distant from other seats. 'Room for Three' gives you three seats on one ticket and so on.
If there are up to six people in your party, buy any combination of each ticket to add up to the number of seats you need.
Each individual ticket as named gives you:
Single Ticket = one seat
Room For Two People = two seats
Room For Three People = three seats
Room For Four People = four seats

Social Distance Seating at The Playground Theatre
To comply with Covid-19 Social Distancing guidelines, tickets for this event are only available in seating clusters of seats. Patrons who are coming in a party of up to six people will need to purchase two or more seating clusters appropriate to their needs. Your party may not necessarily be in clusters of seats next to each other, but each cluster is socially distant from other seats.
The venue has a limited number of solo seats and to maintain social distancing within the theatre anyone requiring solo seating when all of these are sold will need to purchase a 'Room For Two' or higher ticket. Parties or groups larger than six people will be declined admission to comply with the latest Covid-19 Social Distancing Guidelines.
We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause but the venue has to ensure the safety and well-being of all patrons visiting the theatre and the seating restrictions enable us to comply with these requirements and still stage live theatre for you to enjoy.

Latecomers
To ensure the health and safety of all audience members, performers and theatre staff and reduce the risk of Covid-19 cross-contamination we regret that any latecomers will not be permitted into the Theatre.

Covid19
Please ensure you bring and wear a mask in the theatre or purchase one from the box office. Please be advised that if anyone attending shows signs of being unwell or receives a temperature test that indicates they may be affected by Covid19 , the venue reserves the right to refuse admission in the interests of health and safety of all patrons in the theatre. Temperature checks are being taken at point of entry and you are also required to either provide your contact details for track and trace or scan the QR code linked to the NHS tracking app.

 Please note all seating purchases are final and refunds in part or in whole cannot be made if you or a member of your party is unable to attend or is refused entry due to late arrival or as a result of a high temperature check or showing symptoms associated with Covid-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
Please note: We do not accept Amex
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Location

The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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