December 6th – December 10th 2016, Tristan Bates Theatre
After successful runs at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Héloïse Werner’s solo-opera Scenes from the End returns to London for a run at the Tristan Bates Theatre this December.
In this haunting piece, Werner explores the overwhelming themes of death and grief.
“powerful and thought provoking (…) incredibly strong voice, haunting stage presence and overwhelming physicality” A Younger Theatre
At times reserved and reflective, at times comically direct, Scenes from the End is a tour de force showcase for soprano Héloïse Werner. Using a colourful array of vocal and performative means, composer Jonathan Woolgar and director Emily Burns imagine historic, comic and tragic pictures of “the end”, from the heat death of the universe through to the demise of humanity and finally the end of an individual life. How might we grieve for them?
One of the Ten Hottest Tickets in Town The Evening Standard, August 2016
Héloïse Werner is a performer particularly interested in music as drama and music for the stage, experimenting with different genres and techniques.
She is singer and co-director for award-wining contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (clarinet, soprano voice, harp and double bass) – Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme Winners, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015-16, UK Young Artists 2014 and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014. She is also a founding member of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company and new vocal ensemble SHARDS. She was born in Paris, read music at Clare College, Cambridge, and is currently completing her studies with Alison Wells on the MA course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Emily Burns is a director who works in theatre and opera. This year she has been at Opera North assisting on their award winning productions of Das Rheingold and Siegfried and will return this winter for their production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden, directed by John Fulljames.
Jonathan Woolgar has had works performed at the Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Albert Hall by ensembles such as Aurora Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2010 he won the BBC Proms Young Composers’ Competition. Jonathan is Composer in Residence at Eton College for 2015-17, and will be the Cambridge University Musical Society Composer in Residence for 2017.