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IN THE LOCKED ROOM/GHOST PATROL

11 November 2012

Music Theatre Wales
A co-commission and co-production with Scottish Opera

IN THE LOCKED ROOM
Music: Huw Watkins, Words: David Harsent
Based on a short story by: Thomas Hardy
&
GHOST PATROL

Music: Stuart MacRae, Words: Louise Welsh

7.30pm

IN THE LOCKED ROOM/GHOST PATROL

IN THE LOCKED ROOM/GHOST PATROL

A closed door that sparks an obsession so strong the boundaries between reality and fantasy begin to blur.

A modern day bar where three people trying to escape their past collide uncovering a terrible secret and unleashing inevitable tragedy.

These two short operas explore the capacity of the mind to shape our lives, whether through the potency of imagination or the overwhelming power of memories.

Composers Huw Watkins and Stuart MacRae hail from a generation of 30-somethings who are rapidly establishing themselves amongst the leading composers in the UK. They both team up with former collaborators – Watkins with multi award-winning poet and librettist David Harsent (including The Minotaur for Harrison Birtwistle) and MacRae with acclaimed crime novelist Louise Welsh (The Cutting Room) – to bring these evocative tales to the stage.

Conductor: Michael Rafferty, Designer: Samal Blak, Lighting Designer: Ace McCarron

Pre-show talk by Artistic Director Michael McCarthy at 6.30pm in the Cinema.

★★★★

“Catch this thought-provoking double bill” – The Guardian

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★★★★

“a thought-provoking double bill of authentic musical quality” – The Telegraph

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“http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/37214/in-the-locked-room-ghost-patrol” – The Stage

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“This is an exciting new pair of operas and, with a tour planned all over the country, it’s certainly worth trying to make it to a venue near you.” – British Theatre Guide

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“two entirely new works by two separate young composers. The result was electric.” – Classical & Jazz Magazine

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“scores both musically and dramatically, showing what modern opera can achieve” – Western Mail

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