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"The Breasts of Tiresias" ("Les Mamelles de Tiresias")
8pm, Thu 18th - Fri 19th Oct 2007 @ Great St Mary's Church

Poulenc's 1944 opera, based on an Apollinaire play, is a surreal and hilarious tale of love, war, breasts and gender-bending, set to a sublimely eclectic score. Housewife Thérèse tires of her husband's misogyny and removes her breasts, becoming the male Tirésias and running off to join the army. The husband then decides to make babies by himself, creating 40,049 of them in one day, and utter mayhem... A far cry from fat ladies singing, this is opera as you have never seen it before. In aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.


Le Directeur - Jonny Herford
Journalist - Aidan Coburn
Newspaper vendor - Raphaela Papadakis
Le Gendarme - Gareth John
Lacouf - Gerald Beatty
Presto - John Barber
The Husband - John Robb
Son - Gerald Beatty
Thérèse/Tiresias - Ruth Jenkins
Mourner/Soldier/Baby - Nausikaa El-Mecky

Production Team

Props Assistant [what's this?] - Alexandra Hepburn
Producer [what's this?] - Sarah Bowden
Musical Director [what's this?] - Julian Black
Director [what's this?] - Deborah Grayson
Designer [what's this?] - Leila Bright
Publicity Designer [what's this?] - David Lunn
Props [what's this?] - Kirsten Tambling
Translator - Huw Grange

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