Fish out of Water: Blind Tiger’s The Little Mermaid at Riverside Studios

Blind Tiger‘s dark, moody, angst-ridden Little Mermaid is an informative and intriguing watch. But be warned: it’s not exactly Christmas (or children’s) fare. At Riverside Studios. The opening of The Little Mermaid looks very promising indeed. While a piano plays a gentle and contemplative tune, sculptural forms swathed in dustsheets form a tableau under swirling, spotlit smoke. As the performance…

Dive in: Dart’s Love at Tête à Tête

A glorious, desperate love story with a dark twist, set in and starring a memorable river created by a trio of fabulous sopranos, Dart’s Love is a treat for the eyes and ears – and it may even inspire you to try wild swimming for yourself.  A magical highlight of the Tête à Tête Festival at Riverside…

A hidden gem: The Hidden Valley

Whether you take it as a magical story, a modern myth or a parable of the natural world, The Hidden Valley will enchant all ages. Creative, inventive and beautiful, with a skilful cast who act as well as they sing, including the notable Juice Vocal Ensemble in a chorus role written especially for them, this dynamic production at…

More than bricks and mortar: The Answer to Everything, by Streetwise Opera

A groundbreaking project by pioneering charity Streetwise Opera, The Answer to Everything can take two forms: a 75-minute full performance, with live elements as well as film, which premiered to great acclaim at the BFI earlier this year; and the 40-minute, film-only version, which was screened as part of this year’s Tête à Tête Festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.…

Don’t sleep now: Black Sand at Tête à Tête

What began as an operetta at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has now developed into a full opera for the Tête à Tête opera festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. Black Sand, with music by Na’ama Zisser and words by Samantha Newton, is about insomnia, insanity, love and sleep – and the Sandman. And it’s really rather creepy.…