Award-winning director Katie Mitchell tackles the psychological impact of violence against women in this new opera by Laura Bowler and Laura Lomas.

The Blue Woman provokes a conversation about how operas deal with violence against women and our modern day understanding of this reality.

It excavates the interior landscape of one woman, who has experienced a post-traumatic shattering of self as a consequence of being raped. It follows her as she searches a nameless city looking for what was taken.

Wrapped around the central spine of the story are fragments of text, from other women of different ages, who have all been victims of sexual violence. Formally experimental, the structure of the opera mirrors the journey of fracture and reform that the Woman goes on.

Lomas’s libretto is powerfully poetic, with the singers propelling her words out into the auditorium like shards of glass in an hour of calmly contained rage

The Guardian

Support available

If you have been affected by the themes of sexual violence in Blue Woman, you can seek advice. Rape Crisis is an umbrella charity that supports local crisis centres across the country, and helps survivors of rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual violence.

You can contact Rape Crisis via their free helpline on 0808 802 9999 for support or to find out what services are available in your area.

Local support and advice is available from Suffolk Rape Crisis: www.srchelp.org.uk / 01473 231 200

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