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Connecting Voices: La Voix Humaine

  • Venue: Barber Studio
  • Duration: 40 mins
  • Age Guidance: 12+
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A woman is sprawled alone on her bed. She gets up, ready to leave, when the phone rings. It’s her ex-lover. Over the course of the next 40 minutes we hear one side of an increasingly desperate conversation in which the woman tries anything to win him back. But it’s no use – she can’t get through to him. He hangs up, and she’s left whispering ‘I love you’ to nobody…

Translating to ‘the human voice’, La voix humaine is a devastating short opera exploring the pain and fear of rejection in the rawest fashion. Through the lone voice of the woman, Poulenc expresses the full range of human emotion and envelops her voice in music of caressing warmth and intimacy.

Directed by Sameena Hussain, Opera North soprano Gillene Butterfield brings to life this harrowing portrayal of a relationship’s breakdown. This powerful one-woman performance will be sung in English with piano accompaniment, in the intimate rehearsal setting of the Barber Studio.

La Voix Humaine is part of Connecting Voices, a collaboration between Leeds Playhouse and Opera North bringing together a collection of new and classic work celebrating the power of the human voice. You can enjoy one event or book for all six, tickets will be limited and information will be shared with bookers about changes we have implemented to make the theatre experience safe according to government advice and Covid-19 guidelines. More information.

* Book 2+ Connecting Voices events and save:
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A Leeds Playhouse and Opera North Co-production

Artwork photography by Manuel Harlan

Cast & Credits

Author Francis Poulenc / Director Sameena Hussain /

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Time
Price
Accessibilty
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Fri 2 Oct 20
06:00 PM
£14.00*
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Sat 3 Oct 20
01:30 PM
£14.00*
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Sat 3 Oct 20
06:00 PM
£14.00*
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Fri 9 Oct 20
06:00 PM
£14.00*
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Sat 10 Oct 20
01:30 PM
£14.00*
Signed Performance
Sat 10 Oct 20
06:00 PM
£14.00*
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Fri 16 Oct 20
06:00 PM
£14.00*
Captioned Performance Signed Performance
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Sat 17 Oct 20
01:30 PM
£14.00*
Captioned Performance
Sat 17 Oct 20
06:00 PM
£14.00*
Captioned Performance
Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.

Key:

  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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