Carmen in the pub
Our sold-out production of 'Carmen in the Pub' toured around various different Oxford pubs for a shortened run of only one week. This production was a reaction against the normal expectations that are attached to 'opera' - we stripped it down completely (both orchestra and cast), shortened it by around half and made it a sexy, raucous and utterly immersive experience.
Without breaking the fourth wall, the story surrounds you, grips you, squeezes, and pulls you in. Yet the unwritten rulebook of the opera stage details and reinforces a divisive barrier between the singers and the silent. Carmen, the rebellious gypsy, certainly does not abide by rules. Why should her opera?
Direction: Amy Perkis, Helena Jackson
Musical Direction: Adriana Stoiber
Musical Adaptation: Remy Oudemans
Production: Indyana Schneider
Don Jose: James Black
Carmen: Indyana Schneider
Michaela: Olivia Bracken
Escamillo: Rory Green
Frasquita: Kathy Peacock
Zuniga/Danciere: Amschel de Rothschild