The Iris Murder

The Iris Murder, a new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas, has its world premiere performances this June in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Orkney. This is the first of two bold commissions from Scottish-based composers to mark Hebrides Ensemble’s 25th birthday.

The new opera introduces three mysterious characters: Rawley Beaunes, an enigmatic figure firmly rooted in thought and dress in the 1950s; the doomed Iris; and the ethereal Green Man. Gothic intensity blends with tender beauty in this gripping, ghostly tale where nothing is quite as it seems.

On one of his frequent visits to the woods, where he throws flowers on to odd mounds of earth, Rawley Beaunes unexpectedly encounters Iris singing. He angrily knocks her head off without a second thought. Back home, Rawley relaxes on the night of his 42nd birthday and reflects on his life. But The Green Man soon appears to hold Beaunes to account for killing Iris, as well as Poppy, Heather, Fern and Rose. Rawley’s punishment: to see the world in all its depravity and darkness before the spectral Green Man returns him to normal life. But what will happen on Rawley’s next trip to the woods?

Alasdair Nicolson Music. John Gallas Libretto. Elizabeth Llewellyn Iris. Christopher Bowen Rawley Beaunes. Andrew Fellowes The Green Man. Yann Ghiro Clarinet. William Conway Cello/Musical Director. Djordje Gajic Accordion. Joanne McDowell Percussion. James Longford Répétiteur. Martin Constantine Director. Gabriella Slade Set and Costume Designer. Mark Doubleday Lighting Designer. Tony Peaker Production Manager. Jane Gilbey Stage Manager.

‘Critics’ Choice’ The Scotsman and Hitlisted by The List.

10 June 2016 @ 9.00pm (World Premiere)
The Cottier Chamber Project
Cottier’s Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5PU

12 June 2016 @ 7.30pm
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

20 June 2016 @ 8.00pm
St Magnus International Festival: Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Tickets: £17.00 (£13.00 conc.)
01856 871 445

Running time: Approximately 1hr 10minutes. Read the synopsis.

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