Hopes & Fears
We have partnered with Shine Cancer Support and The Grimeborn Opera Festival to present a new, one act opera, exploring the lives of people affected by cancer. The show combines the breathtaking impressionistic music of Claude Debussy with verbatim accounts of people living with cancer. Combining dark comedy, uplifting optimism and heartbreaking tragedy, this show defies perceptions and myths about cancer, and gives a voice and a platform to those whose experiences are considered too difficult to talk about and often sidelined.
In an age when theatre has no boundaries and no taboos, it often fails to address the slow tragedies and small dramas which affect so many people worldwide. Cancer does not seem like a dramatic subject. It is too close for comfort. We all have a story to tell about someone we know, someone who knows someone, someone we love. This new operatic work brings these stories to the fore.