Fresh from the fantastically well received Swindon: The Opera, Matt Fox has teamed up with his wife, composer Jessie Thompson, to present Nights, a significantly smaller scale operatic production at the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery on 21 August.
Presented by Swindon based theatre company – Madam Renards Theatre, Nights is a brand operatic adaptation of that most ancient of works, The Arabian Nights.
Under the murderous regime of a bitter King, two sisters, Ria and Dee, set about saving the lives of local girls, through Ria’s gift for telling stories. Halting the nightly cycle of lust and murder, through a talent for cliff hanger endings, Dee and Ria survive and thrive.
Performed by 2 singers and 2 instrumentalists, Nights is a very different, all female adaptation of this famous tale, with a distinctly practical approach to life and surviving men.
Blurring the divide between opera and musical theatre – Madam Renards is a company committed to producing vocally challenging, original works, for contemporary audiences.
Matt Fox said: "Swindon: The Opera was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and I think we put on a show for which the entire town could be proud. It was an enormous scale production with around 250 involved in performing and producing the piece. Nights is somewhat smaller in scale with just 2 singers, Stephanie Walsh and Becci Smith, both of whom featured as ‘Cynics’ in Swindon: The Opera. Steph and Becci, accompanied by Jessie Thompson and Annabelle Black, make up the entire cast and orchestra for the performance".
Nights is also being toured to the Camden Fringe Festival and to Cornwall’s Sterts Theatre this summer, with a single performance in Swindon on 21 August.
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road, SN1 4BA Swindon
Tickets: £10 direct from Swindon Museum & Art Gallery (01793 466 556) or £10 plus £1 booking fee through www.swindontickets.co.uk
(Age recommendation 12 and over, due to adult themes)