Me Without You

A new music theatre piece exploring love, grief and human emotion

Saturday 22 June 2024

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Composer Emily Levy and Writer-Director Mella Faye present an unflinching, heartfelt and uplifting exploration of love, loss and survival.

Music, dance and recorded interviews from conversations across the UK are richly layered by a world class ensemble of musicians, dancers and actors to create an extraordinary elegy to the power of story and human connection. Me Without You celebrates those we’ve lost and those of us who are still here.

“I’m still a sister. Your sister. Though it’s more like a secret over time. I catch myself looking for the empty places inside other people. It’s a way of not letting you go.”
– Emily Levy, Composer

Supported by Arts Council England Project Grant
Co-Commissioners: Britten Pears Arts, Opera North, Spitalfields Music
With support from Sound and Music for initial research & development

£18 (including booking fee)
  • Howard Assembly Room


Start time

Running time
80 minutes with no interval

contain swearing and some emotionally-triggering content around grief

Under 30s Members

Cast & creative

Mella Faye Writer & director
Emily Levy Composer & performer

Fionn Cox-Davies Guitar, voice & dance
Tara Franks Cello & voice
Mirabelle Gremaud Harp, voice & dance
Preetha Narayanan Violin & voice
Tom Penn Double bass, voice & violin

Sal Pittman Visual artist
Tom Clutterbuck Visual technician
Simon Booth Sound engineer
Sam Halmarack Videographer
Jackie Newbould Senior producer
Katrina Pike Assistant producer


Emily Levy

Emily Levy is a singer and composer with particular interest in voice, sound design and narrative. Her musical influences range from medieval to classical, folk to jazz and the format ranges from solo projects, small and large ensemble, radio soundtrack, theatre and co-creation in many settings.

“Dazzling, immediate and seductive”
– The Stage

“Persuasive, timeless and haunting”
– The Guardian

Mella Faye

Mella Faye is a multi-award winning writer-director with a passion for celebrating the creative and sensual chaos of the female gaze. She is Artistic Director of Pecho Mama, makers of radical gig-theatre that reclaims the myths from the contemporary male perspective. Mella regularly works with other artists as mentor, script consultant, director and dramaturg

“A truly breathtaking theatrical experience”
– Culture Fix

“Thrilling and entirely original”
– The Stage

Howard Assembly Room

Howard Assembly Room

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Me Without You

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