Music by Bushra El-Turk, Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller Libretto by Eleanor Knight
Conductor Kelly Lovelady Director Heather Fairbairn Designer Charlotte Henery Lighting Designer Sean Gleason Video Designer Sapphire Goss Production Manager Gabriel Finn Producer Ruthless Jabiru
Cast: Camille Maalawy, Mona Khalili, Karim Jabri, Shira Agmon, Sophie Atalar, and Aivale Cole.
A woman, alone, wrestles with the part she played in her daughter’s downfall. Is she vulnerable? Or complicit?
Bushra El-Turk‘s hard-hitting, contemporary opera Silk Moth is presented alongside Liza Lim’s The Hearts Earand Cassandra Miller’s Bel Canto in a new production by London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru.
A stellar cast of singers and conducted ensemble weave together Arabic and Western musical traditions, examining the complex tragedies of honour crime, family violence, and female (dis)empowerment in Britain and beyond.
by Richard Strauss Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Conductor Simone Young Director Heather Fairbairn Musical Preparation Richard Hetherington, Jennifer Marten-Smith, Philip Mayers, Simon Bruckard
Starring: Elizabeth Lewis, Rachel Pines, and Luke Stoker
The Magic Flute
Director Heather Fairbairn Composer Ana Seara Dramaturg Sophie van der Stegan Design Associate Isabella Andronos
with Fabien Hyon, Guillaume Paire, Julie Gebhart and Marie Datcharry
An immersive and participatory, multi-lingual adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute for children and their families.
Tour history: Ferme du Biéreau (Belgium, August 2017), Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium, September 2017), Grand Théâtre de la Ville (Luxembourg, December 2017), Fundación Albéniz-Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid, November 2018), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, December 2018).
Supported by enoa and Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
by Christopher Bryant Director Heather Fairbairn Designer Charlotte Henery Lighting Designer Sean Gleason Sound Designer & AV Technician Sebastian Atterbury Video Designer Sapphire Goss Script Consultant Jacob Thomas Assistant Director Holly Barnard Starring: Clementine Mills (Sydney Theatre Company) and Matthew Coulton (Complicite)
Harry Crawford (otherwise known as Eugenia Falleni) stands trial for the death of his wife. The trial is a farce: the case is filled with false witnesses and Harry’s gender identity is blasted across the newspapers. As the trial continues, Harry’s tragic life-story comes to light. A thrilling true-crime drama, Christopher Bryant’s multi-award-nominated play The Mutant Man puts gender diversity centre stage, while tracing a stomach churning narrative rooted in history.
Featured in Time Out London's guide to the best LGBT theatre
Reviews ★★★★ "two amazingly talented performers"..."This gripping and insightful play opens up enlightening discussions about the problems we face with our ideals and expectations of gender identity today." - lastminutetheatretickets "Heather Fairbairn's stylish production incorporates a wealth of well-judged audio-visual effects" - The Stage "fine, well acted play given a very imaginative production by director Heather Fairbairn" - British Theatre Guide "Fairbairn's magpie instinct fashions its own queer beauty here" - Oughttobeclowns "A gripping and thought-provoking 70 minutes, and well worth a visit." - blogoftheatrethings "beautifully performed with glimpses of visual genius in its staging" - theplaysthething
Supported by Arts Council England through "Grants for the Arts". Supported by Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.
Images by Greg Veit
The Mutant Man Trailer (click icon above to watch)
La Boite Theatre Company. 14 - 31 October 2015
by Krystal Sweedman
Director Heather Fairbairn Assistant Director Jessica Palfrey Designer Catherine Steele Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright Sound Design Guy Webster Stage Managers Laura Hansford & Emma Wenlock Producer Emma Joenpolvi Script Dramaturgy Kathryn Kelly & Peter Matheson
with Olivia Hall-Smith, Vanessa Krummenacher, Caroline Dunphy, Ron Kelly and Rowan Chapman.
"Sunnytown's audience is theoretically suspended above a suburban story, waiting for the final blow to send them plummeting. Created by Heather Fairbairn and Krystal Sweedman, 'Sunnytown' kick-starts La Boite's 2015 Indie Season with a critique of Australian society. Inherently gripping, 'Sunnytown' is a raw and unsettling work that explores the consequences of choosing to cope when change is the only hope." - Jessica Bozoky, SceneStr Magazine.
Sunnytown - Trailer (click icon above to watch)
Little Nemo and the Ice Cream Witch
4 - 9 April 2016 Bayerische Theaterakademie, Munich, Germany
Director Heather Fairbairn Composer Ana Seara Dramaturg Sophie van der Stegan
with Guillaume Paire (Baritone) and Lisa Schöttl (Hammered Dulcimer)
"Opera for young audiences has become an important component on today’s opera house schedules. A diversity of compositions from the field of opera, musical, music theatre, instrumental theatre or “sound installation” has emerged in recent years. But what comprises good theatrical material? How does one write and compose for young ears with little theatre experience, how does one stage pieces for a young audience and how to play for young people?"
Rosie Catalano - Hearts feat. Jack Carty (Unearthed NIDA 2014)
8th European Opera Directing Prize, 2015
Director Heather Fairbairn Designer Catherine Steele
Ariadne auf Naxos
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 4 - 16 July 2018
Music Richard Strauss Libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Conductor Marc Albrecht Director Katie Mitchell Dramaturg Martin Crimp Stage Designer Chloe Lamford Costume Designer Sarah Blenkinsop Lighting Designer James Farncombe Choreographer Joseph W. Alford Assistant directors Heather Fairbairn & Lily McLeish
with a cast including Lise Davidsen, Sabine Devieilhe and Angela Brower
In co-production with: THÉÂTRE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES, THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG, FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA & BALLET, ROYAL DANISH OPERA, GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU
Images by Pascal Victor
Lucia di Lammermoor
Royal Opera House Covent Garden 30 October – 27 November 2017
Music Gaetano Donizetti Libretto Salvadore Cammarano Director Katie Mitchell Designer Vicki Mortimer Lighting designer Jon Clark Assistant directors Heather Fairbairn & Lily McLeish
with a cast including Lisette Oropesa, Charles Castronovo and Christopher Maltman
Co-production with Greek National Opera
Schaubühne Berlin, 2015/16 Royal Court Theatre, 2016
by Alice Birch
Director Katie Mitchell Associate Director Lily McLeish Assistant Director Heather Fairbairn Design Chloe Lamford Dramaturge Nils Haarmann Sound Design Max Pappenheim Light Design Fabiana Piccioli Associate Artists Michelle Terry, Paul Ready
with Iris Becher, Ulrich Hoppe, Jenny König, and Renato Schuch
Images by Gianmarco Bresadola
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Grand Théâtre de Provence 2 – 20 July 2015
Dramma per musica in three acts composed by George Frideric Handel Anonymous libretto after l'Alcina delusa da Ruggiero by Antonio Marchi, inspired by Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso Created on 16 April 1735 at Covent Garden, London
Music direction Andrea Marcon Stage direction Katie Mitchell Stage design Chloe Lamford Costumes design Laura Hopkins Light design James Farncombe Choreography Joseph W. Alford Orchestra Freiburger Barockorchester
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in co-production with the Boshoi Theatre.