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Theatre Club (ONLINE): Opera Mums

Date:
17.03.2021

Venue:
Online via Zoom (sign in details will be sent once you have booked)

Cost:
Pay What You Decide

Our online theatre club is a bit like a book club – we watch a piece of theatre online in our own time, then come together on Zoom to discuss it.

When you book your place we will send you a reminder of the link to where you can watch the play beforehand, along with the Zoom meeting details for the group discussion.

This month we’ll be exploring “Opera Mums” by Bryony Kimmings. The piece is available to watch on BBC Iplayer and you can watch it at any time before our Zoom session.

About the play

“A moving documentary from performance artist and theatre innovator Bryony Kimmings as she gathered up some single mums to create a mini-opera about their own lives. For Kimmings, this was also a chance to give an elitist artform a shot in the arm given its propensity for violence against women in one production after another. (The List)

Performance artist Bryony Kimmings loves to make work about her own life.

After award-winning work on men and mental health (Fake it ’til you Make it), sexually transmitted diseases (Sex Idiot) and her recent show on the breakup of her relationship and accompanying nervous breakdown (I’m a Phoenix, Bitch), she now turns her unflinching and hilarious gaze onto single motherhood.

In collaboration with documentary film-maker Daisy Asquith, she creates a girl gang of brilliantly lovable single mums and takes inspiration from their emotional and hilarious stories to create an opera!

A tour of English National Opera’s backstage workings gives Kimmings a crash course in all things operatic, and confirms it is the perfect medium to represent the drama and high-octane intensity of single motherhood.

Watch it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mf8c

DATE: Wednesday 17 March 2021
TIME: 8-9pm
VENUE: Online via Zoom (sign in details will be sent once you have booked)
COST: Pay What You Decide for the discussion

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