Thursday night is school night at Tête à Tête: Sonata for YouTube, Turandot Reimagined

Tête-à-Tête is branching out ever further into new venues. Having been to a dance theatre and a nightclub, we now found ourselves in a school theatre. Fittingly, the evening’s programme was academically focused: Llywelyn ap Myrddin’s Sonata for YouTube, inspired by John Cage, and Jonathan Man’s Turandot Reimagined, which seeks to take Puccini’s orientalist opera back…

A gloriously inventive night at Tête à Tête: Psyche, On the Axis Of This World and Encounters In The Republic Of Heaven

Psyche – Alex Groves Psyche asks us to get up close and personal with opera (alone, barefoot and blindfolded) for ten minutes, and the results are, to me, spine-tingling. On the Axis Of This World – Matt Rogers Rogers creates a powerful sense of coldness and isolation which fits his subject perfectly: sometimes the music seems…

That Woman: Edward and Mrs Simpson at Tête à Tête

None of our Royals’ chaotic personal arrangements have been so constitutionally cataclysmic as Edward VIII’s passion for Wallis Simpson. Britain’s flag-waving fervour during the Royal Wedding, the Jubilee and the birth of Prince George has provoked Josh Spear to respond with his account of this most dramatic (and messy) of Royal love stories. It is…

East O’The Sun, West O’The Moon at Tête à Tête

Gleaming with creativity and humour, this beautiful minimalist production by workshOPERA for the Tête à Tête Festival at Central St Martins will charm audiences of all ages, and comes thoroughly recommended as a magically surreal, amusing and moving little opera, executed with real skill and passion by a strong cast. Click here to read my…