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.

'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.

Olivia Carrell

Olivia is a 23-year-old soprano from Hertfordshire based in Manchester, Uk. She is



currently studying for her Masters of Music in Performance at the Royal Northern College



of Music under the tutelage of Deborah Rees. She also recently graduated with a First



Class Bachelors of Music degree from the RNCM in 2018.




​Throughout her undergraduate degree, she has performed roles such as the Dew Fairy



in Hansel and Gretel, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sandrina in La Buona



Figliola. In July she performed with the baroque company La Serenissima at Buxton



International Festival in their production of Tisbe by Giuseppe Brescianello. In previous



years she has performed in the opera chorus for Dorset Opera’s productions of



Rossini’s Le Comte Ory and Gounod’s Faust.  

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.