SLADE and STRINDBERG

No. Not Julian, but his first cousin, playwright and librettist Laurie Slade.  Laurie has recently written the libretto  for a one act chamber opera  ‘Juliana’  based on Strindberg’s play ‘Miss Julie’ . The music for the opera has been composed by Joseph Phibbs., described recently by BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the most successful composers of his generation’.
Previous works by Laurie Slade include ‘The Father’, a version of Strindberg’s play of the same name, staged at he Coventry Belgrade (2012) London’,s Trafalgar Studios (2015);‘Joe and I’, a play about the private life of Terence Rattigan which starred  Peter Bowles as Rattigan and was  staged at Islington’s Kings Head Theatre ( 2005); ‘The Specimen’ (2010),  an absurdist farce about abuse by the medical profession of an intersexed individual that was short-listed for the London Fringe Festival Theatrewriting Award and staged at London’s Drill Hall (2010),; and most recently ‘The Liberty Truck’ (2018), a play about miscarriage of justice in colonial Kenya which starred Edward Fox, Simon  Callow, Hugh Dennis and Ray Fearon and was performed at the Middle Temple.                            
Juliana’, which was commissioned jointly by Nova Music Opera, the Presteigne Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival, where it was first performed on July 15, receiving a very complimentary review from the Guardian. For example….. “Slade’s economical text never draws attention to itself. It is never unnecessarily difficult to sing, allowing Phibbs to match the words to meaningful lyrics rather than being forced back on declamation. It’s a genuinely  pleasant surprise to find a new opera in which virtually every word gains extra clarity and meaning through the way it has been set …. that is a rare thing nowadays, a genuinely well-made, effective new opera ” Andrew Clements, The Guardian 17.7.18
‘Juliana’ will also be performed at the Presteigne Festival on August 23 and at St John’s Smith Square in London on October 21.