While There's Light

Love Amid A Militaristic Society

4 Aug to 4 Sep

Full Price: £15 | Affordable: £5 | Online: £1 plus optional donation
Produced and presented by Cynthia Opera

Music: Sarah Sarhandi
Words: Vincent Katz

On Stage - Live Performance: 7:00pm - 7:40pm, 4 August, £15/£5

Live Online - Interactive Broadcast: 7:45pm - 8:45pm, 7 August, £1

On Demand - Interactive Broadcast Recording: 7 August - 4 September, £1

‘While There’s Light’ is a work-in-progress selection from composer Sarah Sarhandi and Vincent Katz’s opera based on Katz’s award-winning translations of the love poems of 1st century BCE Roman poet Sextus Propertius. Katz and Sarhandi are crafting an evening’s performance that tells a story of love, lust, obsession, mistrust, hatred, death, and immortality, set against the context, relevant today as then, of a relentlessly militaristic society. Sarhandi is composing a score with classical structures that also draws on dance music. Voices, instruments and Sarah’s distinctive viola combine with and are contrasted against electronica in intimate interludes and large layered soundscapes.

The interactive broadcast includes a Q&A with prizes for audience members who can identify arcane mythological references!

Age range: 15+ (Sexual content, graphic violence referred to)
Content advisory: Domestic abuse, sexual content, and sexual violence referred to.

We ask our audiences to stay home if there is any risk of infection, and to stick to one metre social distancing at all times. 

We continue to:

  • Reduce the number of people using spaces in the building
  • Maintain COVID safe cleaning regimes   
  • Make available bottles of hand sanitiser and wipes throughout the building
  • Open all the doors and windows to aid air-flow and fill the place with potted plants that cheer us all up (and calm us all down).

For this show we are keeping managed social distancing in place. 

We also request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building, wash their hands often and practice self-distancing. Our companies and audiences will include Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We want everyone to feel and be safe.

  • You will be asked to queue outside in your bubbles, so wear weather-relevant clothes and let us know if you or anyone you know has a mobility or standing difficulty by emailing the Box Office.   
  • We will check you in on arrival. You may be asked for ID so please have some handy. 
  • We will show you straight into the auditorium - unless you need to use the facilities - where you will be seated in your bubbles
  • There will be one way systems in place.  Our gorgeous stewards will guide you and show you how to leave should you need to.
  •  In the auditorium, another gorgeous steward will check our seating plan and show you to your seat(s). Like in a restaurant. 


We will be running a normal bar service with extra tables for your drinking comfort.


For more information on how things work, have a look at our dedicated Covid:19 page.