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Catch a terrible Tosca and century-old sex at the Tête-à-Tête festival

09 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Toscatastrophe promises a ‘nightmare evening’

Come along and join the Tête-à-Tête opera festival team for a “nightmare evening” at a free performance of Toscatastrophe in Lewis Cubitt Square this Friday (August 10, 6.30pm). It promises to be a “shambolic production with lousy orchestration”. Stellar singers do their very best to survive the mayhem. Will Tosca leap to her death off the Castel Sant’Angelo? Will magnificent singing be ruined by “hideously ear-splitting” recorder playing?

Other Tête-à-Tête offerings in the coming week are priced at £7.50 online or £9.50 @door except where stated.

Dear Marie Stopes by Alex Mills. Photo: Clare Shovelton

August 11 & 12 at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, 2pm, free: Dear Marie Stopes. Composer Alex Mills explores fascinating snapshot of society’s sex using extracts from letters sent to Marie Stopes after the 1918 publication of her controversial “sex manual”.

August 14 at St Pancras Room, Kings Place, 12 noon & 2pm, ages 4 to 11 – and all adults. Engaging show The Hippo about how hippos came to Britain and how they died out.

August 16 at The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, King’s Cross:
7pm: Polish production of Karol Nepelski’s Birdy about obsessive fantasies based on William Wharton’s debut novel.
7.30pm: Li-E Chen’s Silent Opera on the life and art of American-Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh.
8.15pm: Oliver Brignall’s hilarious, heartbreaking I Do Need Me, about trials and tribulations of being aged two-and-three-quarters.
9.15pm: Laura Bowler’s I’m Not a Bit Like a Clown, about joy, playfulness and freewheeling energy of being a toddler.

August 17 at The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, King’s Cross:
7pm: OperaSonic’s psycho-geo­graphical Nonsensus, mapping the emotional state of an urban district in Newport, Wales.
7.50pm: Anglo-Icelandic opera #echochamber about online mistakes and their aftermath.

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