Filming Brainland

On 23rd October 2023 Act 1, scene 6 of our opera Brainland was rehearsed at Morley College, London and on the following day was staged and filmed at The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Loft in London. Set in Lisbon in 1935, the scene is a self-contained chamber opera in which neurologist Egas Moniz attempts to persuade psychiatrist Sobral Cid to allow him access to patients to test out Moniz’s idea that cutting certain brain pathways may benefit the severely mentally ill. One such operation then takes place followed by a dramatic conclusion. It was a truly inspirational experience, the two main male,  characters being played by female singers. Brainland the Opera:

Music by Stephen Brown:

Libretto by Andrew Platman, Ken Barrett and Heather Angus Leppan.

Story and design by Ken Barrett.

Director: Chaira D’Anna:

Choreographer: Adrian Look:

Costumes by Francesca Prizzon:

Singers: Hester Dart (Cid) :

Jodie Anne Bailey (Moniz):

Leo Selleck (Lima):

Dancers (Morley students of Adrian Look):

Angela Harwood

Marlene Hell

Spyridoula Papandreou
Catherine Croft
Alessandro Venzo
Suzanne Geeson
Suzanne Tarlin
Martha Kent.

We also filmed a danced Prelude to act 2 of the opera created and performed by Tricia Durdey and Tim Taylor.

The footage is currently being edited.

Images below courtesy of Adrian Look and Ken Barrett. We are very grateful to Monica Walker and the staff at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and to Luke Scott and Tim Taylor at Morley for their ongoing support for this project.