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The Strangest of Angels

Composer & Conductor Kenneth Young (with Anna Leese) — Story & Libretto Georgia Jamieson Emms — Director Eleanor Bishop

Katherine Baillie Anna Leese — Janet Frame Jayne Tankersley

“Your great power lies not on the surface, but deep within your being.”
– Roger McDonald

A poignant and imaginative reflection on events during Janet Frame’s time at Seacliff Mental Hospital, The Strangest of Angels is a harrowing and hopeful experience that throws light on mental health then and now.

Co-created by Kenneth Young, Georgia Jamieson Emms and Anna Leese, The Strangest of Angels is born of an exciting and conscious collaboration between composer and performers that explores the contrast between a calm, rational psychiatric patient and a traumatised nurse torn between empathy and the relative power of institutional duty.

World premiere performances directed by Friedlander Foundation Associate Artist Eleanor Bishop and starring Anna Leese and Jayne Tankersley. Proudly presented by NZ Opera and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

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