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14 - 22 Mar 2014

A double bill of adventurous new opera

A selection of Franz Kafka’s darkly surreal short stories and characters are interwoven in Café Kafka, while The Commission explores the inner world of an artist contemplating murder.

Directed by Annabel Arden, co-founder of Théâtre de Complicité, this evening combines potent music with gripping drama and dark humour.

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North: giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.

Café Kafka by Francisco Coll (music) and Meredith Oakes (words).

The Commission by Elspeth Brooke (music) and Jack Underwood (words).
The Commission is based on the poem The Commission from the collection Errata by Michael Donaghy ©1993, and was originally devised with Ellie Rees.

Supported by Arts Council England’s Britten Centenary Fund. Leeds performance supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

Director - Annabel Arden
Conductor - Richard Baker
with singers Anna Dennis, Daniel Norman, William Purefoy, Andri Björn Róbertsson, Suzanne Shakespeare and the CHROMA ensemble

Free pre show talk with Annabel Arden at 6.30pm

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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Comment from Mike


Mike said ago

A successfully matured performance of experimental art in opera,music and theatre performance. This was mastery of contemporary writing,composition,direction and performance that cuts all the fat off the bone - it hit the spot from start to finish. Nothing was extraneous and all sides of the performance were so seamless that I fell inside it. Credit goes to design aswell for its subtle and enhancing statement to the whole experience.
The performance had me giggling at its dark humour and crying with the drama simultaneously.
Im so impressed that their work achieved such mastery of existential theatre - wow. Only 3 performances I can't believe it -

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