The Headless Soldier, an opera triptych

Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 Nov 2023
Lyric Theatre

World premiere and Outburst 2023 Opening Event

an opera triptych

Music | Conor Mitchell
Libretto | Mark Ravenhill

I want us – you, me – Zachary – to build a wall against the world.

Far away, a war rages. Here, everything is perfect. Or is it?

In a world premiere, two of the UK’s most vital and influential queer voices join forces for a three-part operatic first.

Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and Fucking) and Conor Mitchell’s (Abomination, a DUP opera) piercing new work looks beneath the perfect lives of Helen, her husband, Thomas and their haunted son, Zach – finding a hidden, much closer war.

The latest collaboration between the award-winning Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Queer Arts Festival, this powerful triptych of short operas is performed in one night, blending multi-media with live performance, international soloists and chamber orchestra.

A co-production between The Belfast Ensemble & Outburst Arts for Outburst Queer Arts Festival.

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.



Age suitability: 12+

Duration: 120 mins, with interval

Content Advice: Flashing images or strobe lighting / Strong or offensive language

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. All performances will be captioned

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