"The future for a young girl calledNin with a burning desire to make theatre. The future for a voice teacher Orlawho is unable to live her dream and the future of a film star, Nwanda, findingher voice after generations of being silenced. One story links onto anotheruntil all voices appear to coexist in a moment of shared connection as theidentity choir is born. Through A Voice Lesson, a shared sense of wonder isfound. Conducted by Neti (the gatekeeper of the underworld) I would like ourevent to show the palpable beauty of life and a way of being that demands us tolisten... listen deep and listen in." - Anna-Helena McLean,Director of ACT International and Moonfool Ensemble, 2023
The multimedia performance culminates with an interactive sound-art installation opening up the magical inner workings of the creative process for everyone to try for themselves.
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A split-stage, immersive opera updating Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando' through a contemporary lens, as well as a 3500 year old poem by a woman of colour called "The Descent of Inanna." With a new libretto by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, brought to life by 5 actor-musicians this poetic feast explores the interconnectedness between planes of “Difference” exposed through new ways of listening.
Cast: Sandeep Gurrapadi, Mina Hata, Anna-Helena McLean, Erin Nicole Washington
Director: Anna-Helena McLean
Sound Artist: Kendell Foster
Designer: Zahra Mansouri
AI enhanced technology: Dom Harwood
Videographer: Liv Penny
Assistant Director: Raniah Al-Sayed
Consultant: Pembe Tokluhan & EDIA
Voiceturgy & Access Consultant: Yvon Bonenfant
Industry Liaison: Scarlett Stitt
Support Worker: Andrew AC Cooper
Tech & Dramaturgical Consultancy: Lin Coghlan, Bettrys Jones, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh