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Music Theatre Wales presents New Directions

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Led by Artistic Associate Elayce Ismail and Director Michael McCarthy, Music Theatre Wales presents New Directions, three collaborations from artists new to opera. New Directions presents a bold vision staying true to the company origins, while responding to the need to create new opera for our times.

New Directions is a chance to question what opera is and what it should be by commissioning and working with artists who have been ignored or excluded from creating opera previously. The stories, how work is created, the music and the audiences that are invited to experience opera, have all been redefined through three new collaborations. 

“Writer, composer and performer Tumi Williams and multidisciplinary director and dramaturg Sita Thomas collaborated on The House of Jollof Opera, an exploration and expansion of the operatic form. The story is about budding chef Adeola who brings style and his speciality, vegan Jollof, to impress Asha, a tired and hard-working boss of a neighbourhood cafe.”

“Pride (A Lion's Roar) is created by composer and music producer Renell Shaw and artist and writer Rachael Young, with visuals by Kyle Legall. Pride (A Lion's Roar) narrates the experience of prejudice that many people of colour have endured: of being told that you are ‘aggressive’ or ‘too loud’ because your metaphorical roars are unfamiliar in the environments that you have to operate within.”

“Reflecting on new forms and spaces for music theatre to exist within, writer and dancer Krystal S. Lowe and composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman have created a work that draws on the theatre of opera, the emotion and expression of lieder and the innateness of dance. Somehow is an exploration of intimacy and relationships, not only between the music and movement, but between performer and audience, blurring the lines between onstage and onscreen.”

The House of Jollof Opera - Friday 24 September

Pride (A Lion’s Roar) - Friday 8 October

Somehow - Friday 22 October

For more information, visit the Music Theatre Wales website.