Opera Double Bill: Marilyn Forever & The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

29 Oct 2022 - 04 Nov 2022

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Opera Double Bill: Marilyn Forever & The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

MMus Opera students of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland present a double bill in the Opera Studio: Marilyn Forever followed by The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Both pieces are sung in English, with English surtitles.

Marilyn Forever by Gavin Bryars

It was on the night of 5 August 1962 which was the last night of Marilyn Monroe’s life. As men enter her bedroom, viewing her body, we see moments of her life interweaved with love, relationships, ambition, fame, identity, abandonment, myth and ultimately, death.

Performers

Marilyn: Hannah Bennett/Megan Baker
The Men: Ross Cumming
Tritones: James McIntyre, Ryan Garnham

Creative team

Director: Caroline Clegg
Conductor: William Cole
Designer: Finlay McLay
Lighting Designer: Davy Cunningham

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Michael Nyman

An investigation into the world of a man (Dr P) with visual agnosia (or ‘mental blindness’ due to damage of the visual parts of the brain). Such patients ‘see but do not see’. They see colours, lines, boundaries, simple shapes, patterns, movement – but they are unable to recognise, or find sense in, what they see. They cannot recognise people or places or common objects; their visual world is no longer meaningful or familiar, but strange, abstract, chaotic, mystifying. If a world cannot be organised visually, other organizing principles may be found and used. In the case of Dr P, a gifted performer, his exceptional musical ability allows him, in large measure, to return sense to the world by putting it and his actions into music.

Performers

Dr S: Sam Marston/William Searle
Dr P: Ross Cumming
Mrs P: Marie Cayeux

Creative team

Director: Caroline Clegg
Conductor: William Cole
Designer: Finlay McLay
Lighting Designer: Davy Cunningham

Dates & Times

Saturday 29th October

19:15 - 20:45 (Approx: 90 mins)

Monday 31st October

19:15 - 20:45 (Approx: 90 mins)

Wednesday 2nd November

19:15 - 20:45 (Approx: 90 mins)

Friday 4th November

19:15 - 20:45 (Approx: 90 mins)

Prices

Full Price Over 60 Under 16 Student Unwaged Disability Discount Personal Assistant YoungScot Card Holder
Price Band A £24.00 £22.00 £22.00 £20.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £17.60

Cast

Hannah Bennett as Marilyn (Marilyn Forever)
Megan Baker as Marilyn (Marilyn Forever)
Ross Cumming as The Men (Marilyn Forever)
James McIntyre as Tritone (Marilyn Forever)
Ryan Garnham as Tritone (Marilyn Forever)
Sam Marston as Dr S (The Man Who...)
William Searle as Dr S (The Man Who...)
Ross Cumming as Dr P (The Man Who...)
Marie Cayeux as Mrs P (The Man Who...)