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17th March, 2013

The Silence of the Bees: A Science Opera

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17th March, 2013
Windsor Building Auditorium
£10 / £5 concessions / Free for Royal Holloway students

Launching Royal Holloway’s Science Festival 2013, and in an exciting and ambitious collaboration between the worlds of art and science, we present the world première of a new one-act opera by composer Kelvin Thomson, based on the work of scientist and bee expert Dr Mark Brown.

What happens when a scientist wants to tell the world about a crisis but the world isn’t interested? And when even science may not have all the answers? Others may hold the truth: how can the science facts be separated from the science fiction?

Mixing verbatim material with poetry by Jo Shapcott and Liz Bahs,this brand new opera, addressing a little-understood crisis, is daring, funny and thrilling.

Mark Brown is a leading figure in current research into the dangerous decline in bee populations in Britain, and has been instrumental in re-introducing species to this country.

Performed by a professional cast and musicians, The Silence of the Bees promises to be innovative, accessible and thought-provoking, providing a new way of communicating science and challenging our ideas of what science, art and opera really are.

Sung in English. Running time: one hour, followed by a Q&A with members of the opera team.

Supported by Royal Holloway’s Alumni Fund.

Composer / Producer    Kelvin Thomson

Kelvin has worked as a musical director, arranger, composer and musician in countless shows in the West End and around the world including Riverdance, The Lion King and Celtic Woman. He is currently a PhD in Composition candidate in Royal Holloway’s Department of Music.

Director / Librettist Benet Catty

Benet is an award-winning director and playwright who has directed over sixty productions (including twenty premières) of major plays, musicals, operas and try-outs in London, Edinburgh, on tour and in America.

For more information please visit Royal Holloway website.

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