Critical Mass (2007)
- By Orlando Gough and Emma Bernard
- A co-production with the Almeida Opera Festival
- Performed by Streetwise Opera and The Shout
- World premiere: July 2007
Streetwise performers shared songs of their countries of origin – lullabies from the Caribbean, Italian love songs, Polish folksongs, Irish national protest songs - and these songs were turned into a new opera set in an international summit. Streetwise Opera performers from four London homeless centres were joined by the exciting vocal ensemble The Shout.
'Critical Mass – relevant, intelligent, touching, powerful – should be widely seen. A tremendous achievement.'
'What a touching, unique show this was… a powerful plea for the acceptance of loners and outsiders, of individual conscience, and of the differences between us, in a world that increasingly demands conformity… performed with wonderful energy, assurance, intensity and spontaneity. There wasn’t a whiff of condescension: just a surreal sense of some blissful world having been created in which all people can fulfil their potential.'
'Refined theatricality… electrifying… great theatre'
Composer and Musical Director Orlando Gough
Director Emma Bernard
Producer Matt Peacock
Designer Naomi Wilkinson
Lighting Designer Anna Watson
Set Design Assistant Livi Vaughan
Costume Supervisor Esther Rouah
Head of Workshops Rowan Fenner
Workshop Leaders/Assistant Directors Sharon Eckman, Rob Gildon
Production Manager SJ Anthony
Company Managers Susie Gorgeous, Michelle Phelan
Stage Managers Laura Draper, Suzy Bourke
Deputy Stage Manager Laura Thatcher
Assistant Costume Supervisors Rachel Farrimond, Lauren Eva
Streetwise Opera performers from The Passage, Connection at St Martin's, Crisis Skylight and Queen Mary Hostel
Commissioned by Streetwise Opera in association with Almeida Opera. Commission and production made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Britten-Pears Foundation, City of Westminster, Hyde Park Estate Charity, PRS Foundation, Streetsmart and Westminster Arts.