Bluebeard’s Castle

Green Opera

Green Opera are a charity committed to telling stories in a way that is environmentally sustainable. Their new version of Bartók’s classic opera Bluebeard’s Castle relocated the drama to a seaside studio, in which the eponymous villain was an artist collecting detritus from the shore... 

Judith stands on the threshold of Bluebeard’s Castle. Seven doors are locked before her. Needing to know what secrets lie beyond the doors and within the man she loves, she steps into the darkness. 

Performed at the Arcola Theatre and Asylum Chapel in late 2022.

Director - Eleanor Burke
Conductor - Thomas Payne
Producer - Lizzie Thomas
Production Design - Emeline Beroud & Nina Brabbins
Lighting Designer - Trui Malten

Draft designs and final poster (below)

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,         Enwrought with golden and silver light,        The blue and the dim and the dark cloth        Of night and light and the half-light,        I would spread the cloths under your feet:        But I, being poor, have only my dreams;        I have spread my dreams under your feet;        Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.        Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats, 1899