‘Communication is the difference between a life and an existence'


Iris is screaming but no one can hear her. Locked inside her body she cannot communicate in any way. Follow one woman’s journey to communication in this contemporary chamber opera with a score mixing live music with electroacoustic soundscapes and video projection.

Drawing on verbatim transcripts from patients and staff at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability Flicker tells a powerful human story while giving a fascinating insight into cutting edge assistive technologies.

Award winning young conductor Andrew Gourlay leads the virtuosic Aurora Orchestra and singers George Humphreys (The Marriage of Figaro, Julius Caesar ENO), Anna Dennis (DrDee ENO, The Enchanted Pig Young Vic), Alison Crookendale (Rusalka ETO, Fidelio ROH) and actor Loren O’dair in a semi-staged concert performance of this bold new work of music-theatre exploring the relationship between voice and self.

This production is currently in development. Created in collaboration with the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, supported by the Wellcome Trust & English Touring Theatre.




Iris One (Soprano) | Anna Dennis
Iris Two (Actor) | Loren O’Dair
Joe (Baritone) | George Humphreys
Bridget (Mezzo)|  Alison Crookendale


Composer | Jon Nicholls
Director | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Conductor | Andrew Gourlay
Designer | William Reynolds
Scientific Advisor | Dr Sophie Duport


Sadler’s Wells Theatre


Stage Manager | Elise Stewart
Assistant Director | Mary Franklin