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A search for survival

June 2018



In the cavernous warehouse space of The Printworks, this new music theatre work follows a grieving man’s quest for survival in a devastated world. Desperate to connect one last time with his daughter, he enters a dark cave, triggering a journey into an underworld of spirits. This latest project furthers the successful collaboration between Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake following their opera Between Worlds (2015) which won her a British Composers Award. Nick Drake’s poetry collection The Man in the White Suit won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Tansy Davies / Nick Drake Cave (world premiere)

Tansy Davies composer
Nick Drake libretto
Mark Padmore tenor
Elaine Mitchener contralto
Lucy Bailey director
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Mike Britton designer 
Jack Knowles lighting designer
London Sinfonietta


Produced by the London Sinfonietta in association with the Royal Opera

Commission supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation
Davies at times reaches that place of emotional embodiment only music can capture, and wraps it in a dark yet cathartic embrace " Arts Desk

Supported by

Britten Pears Foundation Cockayne The London Community Foundation


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  • June 2018

    Tickets go on sale in January 2018

    Venue: (view map)

    The Printworks
    Surrey Quays Rd
    London SE16 7PJ