Split-stage, immersive music theatre updating Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando' through a contemporary lens. This work in progress combines stories of women spanning 4000 years to open the door on a forgotten path. Nin is a 12 year old who is overwhelmed by the world outside but who also really wants to be a performer one day. She goes on a journey to look for her authentic voice and makes unlikely friends on the way. It's a charming, subversive and musically delicious feast for everyone.

The multimedia performance culminates with an interactive sound-art installation opening up the magical inner workings of the creative process for everyone to try for themselves.

Kendell Foster AV & Sound
Sandeep Gurrapadi
tenor and performer
Dom Harwood
AI artist
Marina Hata performance researcher
Zahra Mansouri costume
Anna-Helena McLean
cellist and performer
Liv Penny
film and edit
Erin Nicole Washington
film actor

Snape Residencies provide time and space for creators at all stages of their careers; a supportive environment to create, be curious, and try out new ideas. Open Sessions offer a unique chance to go behind the scenes and experience work-in-progress created during the Residency.

We are so grateful to our supporters, without whom none of our work would be possible. Visit Support Us to find out how you can help.

We are so grateful to our supporters, without whom none of our work would be possible. Visit Support Us to find out how you can help.

Supporters contributing towards Residencies include:
PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.

About Anna-Helena

Anna-Helena read Drama and Music at Royal Holloway University of London with a specialism in solo cello and performance. She is an established music theatre and ensemble coach, composer and director, running her unique approach to acting and voice training called the ‘Actor - Chorus - Text’ (ACT) Ensemble Practice since 2007. Now a world-class independent and feminist actor training methodology, ACT INTERNATIONAL runs out of an Italy-based centre (Centro Anidra) offering rigorous training programmes to international applicants every summer.

Formerly a principal of the Gardzienice Theatre Association in Poland (2000-2007), Anna-Helena played the lead in Metamorphoses & Electra and toured worldwide (LaMama ETC NYC; Meyerhold Centre Moscow; Getty Centre L.A; Barbican London) as well as leading an Ancient Greek Orchestra (Orkiestra Antyczna) and the Academy for Theatre Practices (APT) in Gardzienice.

Anna-Helena is currently engaged as a Doctoral Candidate in Performance Practice at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was most recently a Voice Tutor on the Acting Studies BA Hons course also at Guildhall. She is also a supervisor for MA students in Classical Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama and guest lectures at Rose Bruford College since 2020.