first of the month
“Imaginative and wonderful sounds” – Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 In Tune
One of “the best alternative hip opera shows to see” – Peter Braithwaite, The Independent
A musical story which progresses on the first of each month.
These are our first steps as a collaboration between a composer, a director, an artist, and a singer-librettist across London, Glasgow and Suffolk, UK. We’re exploring different ways to create a serial story with music and art, and we will blog our progress here.
Established by award-winning composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Pinch Punch joined forces with an all-female Armenian collective led by director Seta White to present their first work-in-progress at the Arcola Theatre, 1000 Songs, thanks to the following supporters, including Kickstarter backers.
In a dystopian near-future, a traumatised woman has lost the power to speak. A scientist persecuted for her beliefs, she finds herself in exile with only a caged nightingale for company. As isolation sets in and reality slips away, she believes herself to be an enchantress in an ancient folk tale. Modern trials and folkloric tribulations blur in this reimagining of a classic Armenian story ‘Hazaran Blbul’ (The Nightingale of A Thousand Songs).
Read the original tale, as described by librettist Ziazan, here.
Photo by David Monteith Hodge