Do you hate opera? Do you love opera? We want you to stick your oar in and tell us what you want.

saltpeter is asking the question, “What Makes an Opera?” this Sunday, 8pm, at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone. Professor Paul Barker, Head of Music Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama and himself an accomplished composer, will be chairing.

Rough for opera ​is a night of musical test drives and experiments from some of the most innovative opera creators in the UK. saltpeter is presenting brand new material from our opera / theatre / live art installation piece, TONSEISHA – The Man Who Abandoned the World, alongside pieces by Kate Whitley and Benjamin Lunn.

In Tonseisha, we’ll show you Karaoke & Opera, Silly Dancing & Seduction, Loss, Laughter, Lies & Beauty and Other Wonderful Things.

Tonseisha is a play inspired by cult Beat and counterculture writer, Richard Brautigan. We’re transforming it into an opera.

The artists we’ve gathered -filmmakers, designers, sound artists, classical musicians, writers, devisers- are using Erik Patterson’s play to test the burning questions they have about their field. It’s a long-term, international, cross-arts experiment and we’re disregarding all the rules of our disciplines in order to discover and create the best live performance piece we can. However, we are making this for a real-life audience, you, and so we would like your feedback.

Looking forward to hearing from you. If you can’t attend but would like to contribute to the investigation, please email vera@saltpeterproductions.co.uk

Recent outings have received fab responses:

  • The Times’ Critics Choice, August 2012
  • “spellbinding theatre with music acting as an emotionally-charged commentary”- Opera Britannia
  • “the mix of sound and poetry is evocative” Exeunt
  • 5 stars and Outstanding Show list, Brighton Fringe – forThe Fever, 2011
  • saltpeter have”done theatre a service”- Times Literary Supplement onTintagel

Tickets: £6, advanced booking HERE advised.

Information on our project and saltpeter can be found HERE.


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