A work in progress showing of Thea, an opera for one strong female character, inspired by the composer’s Bargee Traveller ancestors.

During their residency composer Amanda Johnson and writer and poet Tamsin Treverton Jones will present their collaborative work on Thea. Thea is unusual in that it is an opera for one strong female character, inspired by the composer’s Bargee Traveller ancestors. The work aims to challenge the unfavourable portrayal of women in opera, particularly those from Traveller backgrounds, offering an intimate glimpse into the world of this strong independent woman, seen entirely through her own eyes. Thea’s life is one of poverty and hard work. She travels vast distances, while raising a large family on board her boat. Through this character, the artists will explore themes such as female identity, sexual and racial discrimination and motherhood, as well as issues concerning climate change.

You will see the opera beginning to take shape as the words, music and recorded sounds come together in performance for the first time. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about and discuss the work with the artists.

We invite you to step into Thea’s difficult, but interesting life for a short while and feel her emotions as she strives for a better life for herself and her children.


Advance booking for members begins on Tuesday 17 May and runs until Sunday 5 June. Find out how you can support our work by becoming a member, and enjoy priority booking.

Priority Booking for members:
Chairman's Circle: from Tuesday 17 May, Sky Members: from Thursday 19 May, Reed Members: from Saturday 21 May, Marsh Members: from Monday 23 May 2022, Water Members: from Wednesday 25 May 2022, Friends and Young Friends: from Friday 27 May 2022, Introductory Members: from Thursday 2 June 2022.

General booking opens Monday 6 June.

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