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LIFE STORIES

Three centuries apart, two lives and two deaths: lives lived well or lives wasted?

Radius presents LIFE STORIES, a double bill of new one-act operas by Tim Benjamin with words by Anton Chekhov and Anthony Peter, featuring the sensational voices of Taylor Wilson (mezzo-soprano) in SILENT JACK and James Fisher (bass) in R.I.P. and produced by Radius, creators of Emily and Madame X.

“I was absolutely gripped ... the show changed my expectations of opera.
Impressive, impeccable”

“Fierce and fiery performances ... this production is a gem”

“...a masterclass in opera, twice over...”

“If Harold Pinter had ever written an opera, this would surely be it”

“...beautifully written and superbly sung and acted...”

“...a joy from start to finish...”

“...a scene of rare power that is profoundly tragic and deeply credible...”

“...provocative and quite beautiful...”

“...one to see next time it tours...”

Read the complete reviews here

PERFORMANCE DATES 2016: LAST ONE REMAINING!

The Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge

Friday 4th March, 7.30pm - Book for Hebden Bridge here!

Previous shows...

  • RNCM, Manchester: 1st July 2015
  • The Continental, Preston: 2nd July 2015
  • Square Chapel, Halifax: 3rd July 2015
  • Hippodrome, Todmorden: 4th July 2015
  • Tête-à-Tête: The Opera Festival, The Place, London: 21st-22nd July 2015
  • Salford Arts Theatre, Salford: 5th February 2016
  • The Civic, Barnsley: 6th February 2016
  • Junction, Goole: 20th February 2016

Moscow, 2020: An old man wakes amid the filth and detritus of early 21st century consumerism. Who is he? Why is he sleeping here? What causes the fever that plagues his mind? His last day is upon him. Before the final judgement we hear his tale, told through the questions and exclamations of his past, seared into his mind as his life unwinds.

» Discover: Rest in Peace

An English estate, 1720: A young woman stumbles into a secret cellar, the faded trappings of past glory decaying all around. Who is she? Why does she collapse, exhausted, craving sleep? Her final moments have arrived. We hear her tale, of riches and love won and lost, and we learn the terrible truth of the price of her struggle to survive.

» Discover: Silent Jack

Life Stories audience feedback wordcloud
Wordcloud of the audience feedback for Life Stories

PHOTOS

View the REST IN PEACE production photo gallery

View the SILENT JACK production photo gallery


TRAILER


“These two operas survey the lives of two very different people from very different times and places in history. For me, these two gripping stories really put into perspective the moments of chance, the loose words, and the tiny decisions that somehow combine to change the course of our lives. In these operas, we get to see these strong characters up close and very personal, compelling us either to sit in judgement on their lives or to reflect on what they mean for our own. It’s also a chance to hear two fantastic voices at very close range!”

— LIFE STORIES composer Tim Benjamin


FEATURING

Taylor Wilson, mezzo-soprano
JACK in Silent Jack

James Fisher, bass
EZDEYEV in Rest in Peace

Tim Benjamin
composer, director


Previous shows...

RNCM, Manchester: 1st July 2015

The Continental, Preston: 2nd July 2015

Square Chapel, Halifax: 3rd July 2015

Hippodrome, Todmorden: 4th July 2015

Tête-à-Tête: The Opera Festival, The Place, London: 21st-22nd July 2015

Salford Arts Theatre, Salford: 5th February 2016

The Civic, Barnsley: 6th February 2016

Junction, Goole: 20th February 2016

Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge: 4th March 2016

LIFE STORIES runs for approximately 70 minutes, plus an interval (35 minutes each half).


Photo: Leonty Usov's sculpture of Anton Chekhov in Tomsk by John Freedman