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Growth of the Silk is the feted fable of a girl’s misguided wish for long lustrous hair which


leaves her ultimately crushed under the weight of the unstoppable growth.

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'The piece feels like an alternative offering to the world of contemporary opera



and breaks down a few stereotypes associated with the genre. Although this is



opera comes from a different perspective to the classical acoustic concert hall



tradition we naturally associate with the art form.'

Carmel Smickersgil

Creative Tourist

Charlotte MacRae

is a theatre director and practitioner. She has a Ba in Community Drama


(LIPA)  Charlotte co-founded OverEase  Theatre Company and has 


previously directed plays for Liverpool World Museum, the YEP Director’s


Festival and Threshold festival. She has recently graduated as a Young


Director of the Everyman & Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Helene Mathiesen

is a soprano and recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. Helene has a passion for contemporary opera and recently premiered Folk Tales, an operetta for soprano and violin at Tête à Tête’s 2020 Opera festival. Other role premieres include The Woman in Five Stones by Eldad Diamont and Dr A in the Hive by Harvey Brough at the Liverpool Philharmonic. Helene is also working on an orchestrated short-film with filmmaker Katie Byford. In the classical repertoire, Helene’s roles include Sister Gertrude in RNCM Opera’s Dialogues des Carmelites, The 3rd Spirit in Ensemble OrQuesta’s Die Zauberflöte, Constance in RNCM Opera's Dialogues des Carmelites (scenes), and Lucietta in RNCM Opera’s I Quatro Rusteghi (scenes). Helene also has a passion for producing and is the co-founder of Medusa Collective, an opera company pushing the boundaries of music and theatre. Future projects include an environmental dance piece exploring underwater sound and an opera at Tête à Tête 2021 Opera Festival. She is also producing the UK premiere of Mischa Spoliansky’s 1928 musical ‘Es Liegt in der Luft' at Hope Mill Theatre.  


Anna Cabre-Verdiell

An enthusiast of interdisciplinary work, Anna has co-created two collaborative dance theatre pieces, Romeo&Julien



and Las 3 Marias. Other recent professional endeavours include performing in a restaging of Joan Jonas´s early



works at the Tate Modern and the creation and touring of Frankenstein, the latest piece by Cascade Dance



Theatre. Additionally, Anna works as a freelance writer producing work for online dance sources such as and ProDance Leeds amongst others.

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