Opera For The Unknown Woman

Fuel and Melaine Wilson present Opera For The Unknown Woman

Acclaimed theatre team Fuel and Melanie Wilson present an inspiring multi-media sci-fi spectacular.

A unique production that weaves together theatre, contemporary classical music, electronics and film is set to preview at Warwick Arts Centre from Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 May 2016. Opera for the Unknown Woman is a bold reimagining of the operatic form and is composed, written and directed by award winning artist Melanie Wilson in collaboration with theatre producers, Fuel.

Three hundred years into the future, world economies have failed and the last remaining humans are scattered and defenceless, ravaged by flood and famine. Their only hope for life is Aphra, the last woman alive – but she has only two weeks to live.

In 2016 a group of women from around the world are drawn together by an unearthly power, to forge a future for their planet. Can their mission alter Earth’s course and save Aphra?

Set across three time-frames, Opera For The Unknown Woman is a passionate science fiction epic which examines the issues of climate change and our ability to alter the future. Visually and aurally stunning with powerful projections and a poetic score, the show is part parable, part warning, and underscored with a strong political and social message that demonstrates the strength of collaboration and imagination.

“Opera for the Unknown Woman does not offer a solution to the climate change issues we face but encourages us to question what small changes we can make to initiate wider change,” says Melanie Wilson. “It’s about taking charge of our own destiny, accepting responsibility for our actions and inspiring a change in social attitudes by personalising the worldwide issue we face.”

The ambitious production is the fifth time sound artist and composer Wilson has worked with Fuel.

“She has a unique view on the world and her storytelling through sound is unrivalled,” said Fuel co-founder Louise Blackwell. “We have no doubt that the world created by Melanie and the award-winning creative team will offer audiences the most profound vision of the Earth, that will prompt questions, stir the imagination, challenge indifferences and provoke an emotional reaction.”

The all-female ensemble includes Patricia Rozario OBE (famed for her work with Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener) and Adey Grummet (Jerry Springer: The Opera and Mr Burns), with a score by Wilson and critically acclaimed Polish composer Katarina Glowicka.

Opera For The Unknown Woman can be seen at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May 2016, at 7.45pm. Tickets from £10 from: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk


Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May 2016
Melanie Wilson & Fuel:
Opera For The Unknown Woman
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Tickets: £10 (u26), £12, £14, £16, concessions available
Tel: 024 7652 4524


Opera for the Unknown Woman is commissioned by Wales Millennium Centre for Festival of Voice and Yorkshire Festival in association with Warwick Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England & Arts Council Wales. Supported by the Fidelio Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation and in Wales, The Colwinston Trust. Development commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and funded by Arts Council England & PRSF for Music Foundation. Developed in association with Opera North Projects.

Creative Team

Written, directed and co-composed by Melanie Wilson
Co-composed by Katarina Glowicka
Projection design by Will Duke
Conducted by Karin Hendrickson
Set and costume design by Fly Davis
Lighting design by Kristina Hjelm
Movement direction by Carolina Valdés
Produced by Fuel
Cast: Adey Grummet, Patricia Rozario, Peyee Chen, Claire Shahmoon, Eugenia Georgieva, Kate Huggett, Abigail Kelly, Alexia Macintosh, Calie Hough, Miriam Gould and Sophie Gledhill.

For more information, see:

About Fuel: www.fueltheatre.com

About Melanie Wilson: www.melaniewilson.org.uk

About Patricia Rozario: www.patriciarozario.com

Opera For The Unknown Woman – production blog: operafortheunknownwoman.wordpress.com

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