★★★★ The Stage, George Hall
The Knife Of Dawn written by Tessa McWatt and composed by Hannah Kendall
Hannah Kendall’s one-act chamber opera The Knife of Dawn tells the gripping story of Guyanese political activist and poet Martin Carter as he reaches the 28th – and most critical – day of his hunger strike in protest at British rule. Will poetry or death be the most effective way to serve his country?
A one-man monologue performed by Peter Brathwaite, The Knife of Dawn swings from despair to hope and everything in between in an exhilaratingly intense depiction of the personal struggles and hallucinations of a politically-engaged artist.
Royal Opera House
Creative Team & Cast
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman
Sound designer & Composer: Simon Hendry
Video design: Akhila Krishnan
Movement director: Imogen Knight
Conductor: Jonathon Heyward
Photographer: Tristram Kenton
Peter Brathwaite (Baritone), Nia Coleman (Soprano 1), Sarah Dacey (Soprano 2) and Beth Moxon (Alto)