12 Jan 2006
Stravinsky in a flak jacket
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
Andrew Steggall went to Iraq to recruit actors for The Soldier's Tale. Six months, eight bodyguards and one torture centre later, he found them ...
The Guardian [The Guardian, 12 January 2006]
May 26 2005
My first day in Baghdad. I'm here to cast Iraqi actors to appear alongside British actors and musicians in a new adaptation of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, to be performed in English and Arabic. Helmet and flak jacket in place, I'm led to a helicopter that will take me to the centre of the city. Throughout the short journey, a soldier darts from one side of the helicopter to the other, alternating between two fixed machine guns, scanning the rooftops below. I try to work out his pattern. Very little makes sense right now.