Produced by SoundRanger Studio
There will also be an interactive broadcast of this show at 18:00-19:00, Tuesday 22nd September 2020; Her War (Interactive Broadcast). A recording of that broadcast will be available for 28 days after the first broadcast and tickets for the broadcast are sold seperately.
Music: Edwin Roxburgh
Words: Jonathan Ruffle
‘Her War’ is a ground-breaking opera for soprano April Fredrick and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais exploring the female experience of PTSD for women returning from active service after WWI. Based on historical sources of ambulance drivers, nurses, and soldiers, the opera recreates the 1920 Pension Tribunals where women fought to have their war trauma recognised. Music by Edwin Roxburgh, words by BBC ‘Tommies’ creator Jonathan Ruffle.
Audiences will review her claim and ‘vote’ on whether Joane Grace will proceed to the full tribunal panel, followed by a short Q&A with the creative team. This is an R&D performance of Part I.
Additional content for the broadcast:
An R&D performance of Part I of ‘Her War’, a ground-breaking opera for soprano April Fredrick and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais exploring the female experience of PTSD for women returning from active service after WWI.
The libretto is based on documents from the 1920 Pension Tribunals, and audiences will review the pension claim form of Joan Grace and vote whether she should proceed to the full tribunal panel.
Performance followed by a Q&A with the creative team, Denise Poynter, an expert on the historical experience of women’s service and shellshock in WWI and Matthew Ward from History Needs You.
Age range: 13 upwards
Content Warning: images of wartime violence, mental health distress
Friday 18th September - 7:00pm
Duration: 30 minutes
Tickets: Full price: £15.00 / Financially Challenged: £5.00
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