at the Riverside Studios on 2 and 3 August at 9pm. (The opera is only about an hour long.) Tickets are a princely £6 and can be booked
I was cast on the 15th and have had two weeks
to memorise this entire piece; it's been a bit crazy, but I have grown very fond of the opera and the role. I play a marriage therapist to a royal couple whose firstborn child has been stolen by a goblin. The music, by composer Toby Young
, is weirdly beautiful.
Good things about this festival:
- Its format is multiple short pieces throughout the evening from about 6.30, so if you rock up early there'll be a choice of interesting things to see, including some free stuff in the foyer.
- The Riverside Studios Bar is a great place to hang out - they have a balcony overlooking the river and, if memory serves, they have board games. And food.
- It's at the opposite end of town from the Olympics, so getting there ought to be relatively OK. Nearest Tube is Hammersmith.
- According to the festival's publicity page, you can "come dressed as a princess or a frog and get in for free."