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THE CRICKET RECOVERS – RICHARD AYRES

The Cricket Recovers is based on a novel by the Dutch author Toon Tellegen, a mixture, says Richard Ayres, of ‘Roald Dahl, Samuel Beckett and Winnie the Pooh’.  A deceptively innocent tale, it is set within a fantastical forest populated by childlike animals: a depressed cricket and an elephant with an addiction to climbing trees are the unusual main characters who, during the course of 18 short scenes, undertake a journey of personal discovery.

The Cricket Recovers was nominated for Best Opera in the prestigious South Bank Show Awards (UK), January 2006.

Originally commissioned and produced by Aldeburgh Almeida Opera. World premiere Friday 10 June, 2005 Aldeburgh Festival.

Reviews

Ayres’ music rampages right across musical history in an exuberantly eclectic way
The Guardian

What a joyous experience it was… Ayres’ astoundingly inventive score, full of radiant moments
The Telegraph

The Cricket Recovers is a wise and witty work… Nicholas Broadhurst’s production is delightfully pacey and the singing excellent
The Independent on Sunday

Creative Team

Composer
Richard Ayres
Librettist
Rozalie Hirs, based on a story by Toon Tellegen
Director
Nicholas Broadhurst
Design
The Brothers Quay
Lighting Design
Neil Austin
Choreographer
Struan Leslie
Repetiteur
John Paul Gandy
Conductor
Timothy Redmond
Orchestra
Endymion

Cast

Vole
Allison Bell
Ant / Owl
Anna Burford
Sparrow
Simon Butteriss
Squirrel
Louise Cannon
Elephant
Omar Ebrahim
Gallworm
Matthew Hargreaves
Cricket
Claire Wild

Production Team

Production Manager
Igor
Stage Manager
Bella Lagnado
Deputy Stage Manager
Annabel Busher
Re-lights
Malcolm Rippeth
Video Technician
Matt Berry
Wardrobe
Sam Barker
Video Programmer
Richard Turner

Performances

Austria Bregenzer Festspiele / Werkstattbuhne March 21 / 24 2007

 

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