Pleasance Theatre, London
A Festival of Sex, Love and Death
Director Sophie Gilpin
Designer Anna Bonomelli
Lighting Marco Alba
Conductor Sonia Ben-Santamaria
Photo credit @HeadFirst Productions
“a full-blooded, vital performance”
"Such heady action is smartly staged (design by Anna Bonomelli) and contrasted with a pared back, minimalist set of two doors in a bare concrete wall. Two huge clock hands on the wall turn constantly throughout the running time, emphasising the speediness of the action. With the cast in modern dress, the design enhances the new, modern take. Where else are you going to see a man in a tracksuit and trainers singing opera whilst pretending to smoke a cigarette?" Alice Gray
"The timing of this opera at the Pleasance Theatre is uncanny – in the light of current news events – what with more-and-more women revealing how they have been sexually abused by men in positions of power.
‘Long live women, long live wine! The substance and glory of all humanity!‘
Don Giovanni lives entirely for sensual pleasure alone, and women, seduced by his charms, are equally enticed by his fiery passion towards them. He has a deep need for women to fall for him, but when they do, he eyes soon set upon his next conquest. This production is very much driven by the viewpoint of the all-female production team, and in a sense, it’s refreshing to see from this perspective."
"Led by an all-female creative team (Conductor, Director, Designer), this production puts women at the front and centre of what is ostensibly a story about male lust."