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The Medium


Tue 26 Aug 2014, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Wed 27 Aug 2014, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 28 Aug 2014, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fri 29 Aug 2014, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 30 Aug 2014, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sun 31 Aug 2014, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Where: The Factory Theatre, 7 Eden St, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Senior: $33.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Opera Factory Amici members: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Opera Factory

‘The Medium’ is a highly theatrical chamber opera guaranteed to excite anyone with a bent for musical melodrama and dramatic sensibilities of a suburban gothic short story. The work tells the tale of Madame Flora (Helen Medlyn), a charlatan spiritualist who conducts phoney seances in her parlor, assisted by her daughter Monica (Emma Sloman) and a mute orphan boy Toby (Callum Blackmore). She cons parents (Catherine Reaburn, Mark Covich, Helene Holman) into believing that they are communication with the spirits of their dead children. Madame Flora’s game turns on her and becoming scared she descends into a world of paranoia and guilt. The music and libretto of this exciting music theatre piece is by renowned theatrical American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Opera Factory’s production team includes director Raymond Hawthorne, music director Rosie Barnes, lighting design by Andrew Potvin and pianist Grace Francis.

Menotti’s tuneful score abounds in influences from the American vernacular and jazz music, making for the kind of dramatic piece likely to be more at home in a Broadway theatre than an opera house. In true Opera Factory style, and in keeping with the spirit of a winter presentation this fringe production will be innovative, if not a little dark. ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Turn of the Screw’ so to speak.

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