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The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost
Picture: Yann Mingard
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Ben Frost

The Wasp Factory

Based on a novel by Iain Banks / Libretto: David Pountney

Inspired by the most illustrious work of the late author, Iain Banks, with a libretto by David Pountney, Ben Frost's opera debut creates both a soundscape to narrate, and a visual realm to depict, the unsettling world of Banks’ infamous protagonist: the murderous teenager, Frank.
Banks’ characters, on the remote Scottish island where the story is based, are given a new setting, a new emotional significance, and new memories through Frost’s direction. His opera brings the novel into the 21stcentury, accompanied by amplified strings, electronics, and dark visuals, drawing emotions and presenting a challenge to each new audience.
Ben Frost on directing and composing "The Wasp Factory" (via youtube)
For further information see: www.thewaspfactory.is and Ben Frost's personal website http://ethermachines.com/.
At HAU
September 2013, June 2014
English with German surtitles
Libretto
David Pountney
Director
Ben Frost
Performed by
Lieselot De Wilde, Jördis Richter and Mariam Wallentin
Music is performed by
a string quintet from the Reykjavik Sinfonia
Stage Design
Mirella Weingarten
Costume Design
Boris Bidjan Saberi
Lighting Design
Lucy Carter
Sound Design
Daniel Rejmer
Associate Director
Sasha Milavic Davies
Music Production Associate to Ben Frost
Paul Corley
Technical Director
Jörg Schildbach
Assistant Stage and Costumes
Gabi Bartels
German Premiere Sep 26 2016
Rerun June 17 2014
Commissioned by Kunst aus der Zeit / Bregenz Festival. A production by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and Laura Berman_Next, (Berlin) in co-production with Royal Opera House, (London) and Holland Festival (Amsterdam). The Wasp Factory is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin (Capital Cultural Fund Berlin) and Nordic Culture Point.
The production is produced by permission of Iain Banks who is the owner of the copyright in the novel "The Wasp Factory".
The re-run is supported by the 'Wiederaufnahmefonds 2014 des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin, Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten'.