Community opera in a Prologue and Three Acts 75'
Libretto by Alastair Campbell
Commissioned by Blackheath Concert Halls for the Greenwich Festival
First performance July 19th 1997, Blackheath Concert Halls, London SE3
Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess Designer:
Mary King, Endymion Ensemble, c. Peter Selwyn
Bella mezzo soprano
James - Bella's son, 13-15 years old acting role
Chrissie - a homeless woman acting role
Psyche medium voice
The Three Graces, Blackheath housewives possibly 2 women and one man (pantomime dame) , or three teenagers.
The Mayor sung role, all chanted.
A Bin Man spoken
A Curio Man spoken
A Punter spoken
A Mother spoken
Virginia, her daughter silent
The Mai-Tai Man medium voice
The Winner/Loser medium voice
The Heritage Secretary (Mrs) silent
Uninvited 1-4 SATB
Rats 1-2 squeaked
Chorus (2 part singing) - Punters in Deptford Market, The Uninvited, Stallholders, School Choir, Voice of the River
children's orchestra (optional): 2020/0200/5 percussion/strings
The story concerns a conflict between society's detritus 'The Uninvited' and the status quo, a plot to redevelop the urban centre and impose conformity on the people and a last-ditch uprising at the turn of the new millennium.