Monday 14 September 2020

Connecting Voices: Opera North and Leeds Playhouse join forces for a season of live performance

Samuel Beckett: Krapp's Last Tape - Niall Buggy (Photo Robert Workman)
Samuel Beckett: Krapp's Last Tape - Niall Buggy (Photo Robert Workman)

Opera North is joining forces with Leeds Playhouse to stage six live-performance pieces in and around Leeds Playhouse on three weekends in October. Audiences will be able to experience, safely, live music and performance once again. The season, Connecting Voices, will feature Poulenc's La voix humaine performed by soprano Gillene Butterfield [last seen in Opera North's production of Kurt Weill's Street Scene, see my review] and directed by Sameena Hussain, Leeds Playhouse RTYDD Director, and a new piece, Orpheus in the Record Store commissioned from Leeds based beatboxer Testament and directed Aletta Collins. Orpheus will fuse spoken word and beatboxing with players from the Orchestra of Opera North, in an exciting new collaboration that gives the Greek myth of Orpheus a contemporary Yorkshire twist. Samuel Beckett's extraordinary monologue, Krapp's Last Tape will be performed by Niall Buggy, directed by Dominic Hill.

Alongside these will be newly devised piece of work from Leeds-based spoken word artist Khadijah Ibrahiim, and director Matthew Eberhardt [who directed Street Scene at Opera North]. The two will work with singers, actors, young people and musicians including classically-trained singer Keertan Kaur Rehal, soprano Amy J Payne [also in Street Scene] and actor Robert Pickavance to create contemporary responses to the themes of remembrance, collaboration and the act of storytelling.

Connecting Voices runs at Leeds Playhouse on weekends from 2 to 17 October 2020.  In line with current government guidelines, audiences will be of limited capacity with social distancing and temperature checking will also be in place. Tickets are on sale to Leeds Playhouse’s Supporters’ Club, Playhouse Pass holders and Opera North Patrons from Monday 14 September, with tickets on general sale from 12noon on Tuesday 15 September. 

Full details from Leeds Playhouse.

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