Blue Electric

Sat 31 Oct

Blue Electric

Sat 31 Oct
An opera about adolescence, Paris in the 1980's, and trans-generational trauma in the shadow of the holocaust.

BLUE ELECTRIC is an opera based on Alba Arikha's acclaimed memoir Major/Minor, the story of an adolescent in Paris trying to find her own identity against the backdrop of her artistic father's Holocaust-driven demons.

It has been translated into three languages, shortlisted for a literary prize, and the subject of a German/French documentary for Arte TV. The opera, written by composer Tom Smail (the second collaboration with Alba), will focus on particular scenes from the book - parties and cafés in 1980's Paris, arguments between father and daughter, and how the traumatic shadow of the past affects a young woman's transition to womanhood.  Though not an opera about the Holocaust, it will not shy away from provoking or reminding us of its legacy. It is about a father and daughter's relationship and the effect – years later - of trauma on those closest to us.

Directed by Orpha Phelan.

Conductor: Gabriella Teychenné

Tuesday 27th - Saturday 31st October 2020 at 7.30pm (no performance Thursday 29th)

Audience content warning: please be aware there is smoke/haze and strobe lighting effects used during each performance.

How To Buy your Ticket
Each ticket corresponds to the number of seats you need. For example if there are two of you, buy ONE ticket of 'Room For Two People' - this will give you two seats in a cluster socially distant from other seats. 'Room for Three' gives you three seats on one ticket and so on. If there are up to six people in your party, buy any combination of each ticket to add up to the number of seats you need.

Each individual ticket as named gives you:

Single Ticket = one seat

Room For Two People = two seats

Room For Three People = three seats

Room For Four People = four seats

Social Distance Seating at The Playground Theatre

To comply with Covid-19 Social Distancing guidelines, tickets for this event are only available in seating clusters of seats. Patrons who are coming in a party of up to six people will need to purchase two or more seating clusters appropriate to their needs. Your party may not necessarily be in clusters of seats next to each other, but each cluster is socially distant from other seats.

The venue has a limited number of solo seats and to maintain social distancing within the theatre anyone requiring solo seating when all of these are sold will need to purchase a 'Room For Two' or higher ticket.

Parties or groups larger than six people will be refused admission to comply with the latest Covid-19 Social Distancing Guidelines.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause but the venue has to ensure the safety and well-being of all patrons visiting the theatre and the seating restrictions enable us to comply with these requirements and still stage live theatre for you to enjoy.


To ensure the health and safety of all audience members, performers and theatre staff and reduce the risk of Covid-19 cross-contamination we regret that any latecomers will not be permitted into the Theatre.


Please ensure you bring and wear a mask in the theatre or purchase one from the box office. Please be advised that if anyone attending shows signs of being unwell or receives a temperature test that indicates they may be affected by Covid19 , the venue reserves the right to refuse admission in the interests of health and safety of all patrons in the theatre.

Temperature checks are being taken at point of entry and you are also required to either provide your contact details for track and trace or scan the QR code linked to the NHS tracking app.

 Please note all seating purchases are final and refunds in part or in whole cannot be made if you or a member of your party is unable to attend or is refused entry due to late arrival or as a result of a high temperature check or showing symptoms associated with Covid-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Venue Dates & Times
There are no upcoming performances for this event.

8 Latimer Industrial Estate, Latimer Road, London, W10 6RQ, United Kingdom