SPEech acts:

Into the little hill & The soldier's tale

A Shadwell Opera Production

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, Shadwell Opera mounted two socially and politically charged works, intended to engage and provoke. Where George Benjamin's 'Into the Little Hill' takes on a searing relevance in a country dominated by anti-immigration rhetoric, Stravinsky's 'The Soldier’s Tale' slyly questions the greed and hypocrisy of capitalist society.

SPEECH ACTS was an intimate examination of what it means to stand up and have your say.



After a run at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, we took George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill to three community centres around the borough of Tower Hamlets to bring opera to their local communities, to those that wouldn’t normally have access to opera performances. All performances were free entry to local residents.


Directors - Jack Furness and Celine Lowenthal

Musical Director - Finnegan Downie - Dear


‘Into the Little Hill’
Emily Vine, soprano
Jess Dandy, contralto

‘The Soldier’s Tale’
Kathryn Lydia Griffiths, Narrator
Simeon John-Wake, Soldier
Temi Wilkey, Devil
Beverley Grant, Princess

Producer, Hanna Grześkiewicz
Associate Producer, Cécile Beauvillard
Designer, Georgia de Grey
Production Manager, Christopher Silvester
Stage Manager, Rachel Darwood
Video/Photographer, Thurstan Redding
Publicity Designer, Rebecca Pitt