Blue Electric based on Alba Arikha's acclaimed memoir Major/Minor, is a collaboration between husband and wife, an opera of juxtapositions: contemporary orchestral music and bursts of pop, adolescent preoccupations and concentration camps. It is about a father and daughter and the effect - years later - of the Holocaust on their relationship, a subject which has rarely been addressed in operatic form. A teenage girl in 1980's Paris attempts to lead a normal adolescent existence - falling in love, rebelling, searching for her identity - against the backdrop of her volatile artist father's secret history of war, holocaust and exile. By day, Maya a seventeen-year old Parisian girl smokes in secret, wears blue electric eye shadow, dreams of boys and tries to fit in. By night, she wonders why her father screams in German and where his anger comes from. She fights him, and he fights her back. Slowly. as the gulf between them widens, the harrowing truth begins to emerge. Blue Electric will be staged with a live orchestra of 11 and a chorus of eight singers. There will also be projections of war footage.


Mimi Doulton, Jonathan Brown, Helen Charlston, Camilla Seale, Christopher Bowen, Emily Wenman


Music: Tom Smail
Lyrics: Alba Arikha
Director: Hugh Hudson
Design(s): Madeleine Boyd, Eloise Rose
Costume: Eloise Rose
Lighting: Petr Vocka
Other: Matt Mortimer (production manager)
Conductor: Shaun Matthew
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Blue Electric an Opera

Blue Electric an Opera (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T01302291000. Details of all Blue Electric an Opera archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0703471549

Archive Listings

11 Jun 20
13 Jun 20
The Playground Theatre
Inner London
Greater London

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