The Knife of Dawn explores the life and mind of Guyanese poet and political activist Martin Carter as he boldly fights for his country's independence. As one of the UK's leading young composers, Kendall writes music of great beauty and intricacy. In this, her operatic debut, she takes inspiration from one of the Caribbean's most influential writers, setting Carter's own lyrical and evocative poems, drawn together into a moving new libretto by Tessa McWatt. Set in 1953 during Carter's imprisonment, The Knife of Dawn vividly reveals the personal struggles of a courageous artist, exploring cultural, political and social issues still very relevant today.


Eric Greene (solo baritone), Eric Greene (solo baritone), Anna Snow (soprano 1/Juice Vocal Ensemble), Sarah Dacey (soprano 2/Juice Vocal Ensemble), Kerry Andrew (alto/Juice Vocal Ensemble), Vicky Lester (harp), Mandhira de Saram (violin), Clifton Harrison (viola), Zoe Martlew (violoncello)


Music: Hannah Kendall
Lyrics: Tessa McWatt
Director(s): John Walton, Svetlana Biba (movement director)
Design: Martin Thomas
Lighting: Zoe Spurr
Producer: Rhuti Carr
Conductor: Rebecca Miller
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The Knife of Dawn

The Knife of Dawn (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T2075594241. Details of all The Knife of Dawn archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1155139072

Archive Listings

6 Oct 16Roundhouse
West End
Greater London

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