Buxton International Festival


Tom Coult (b.1988), 7:15pm Buxton Opera Housebutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

A Music Theatre Wales production, co-commissioned and co-produced by Snape Music and Theater Magdeburg, in association with the London Sinfonietta. Composed by Tom Coult and written by Alice Birch.

In an isolated community controlled by the regularity of the town clock, suddenly an hour is lost every day. As the hours disappear, long-held certainties evaporate and ordered society falls into disarray.

While the men in charge lose control, Violet begins to imagine a different future. Trapped and stifled in an unhappy marriage, she senses there’s a new life to be discovered and sets out to find it.

Known for her powerful female-centred writing, Alice Birch’s credits include Anatomy of a Suicide (Royal Court) and story editing for Succession (HBO). She is joined by acclaimed composer Tom Coult (commissions include First Night of the Proms, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, currently Composer-in-Association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra).

Founded in 1988, Music Theatre Wales is the UK’s leading producer of new opera and music theatre. Creating bold and adventurous work, the company collaborates with the most acclaimed composers of our time, including Peter Maxwell Davies and Philip Glass. Music Theatre Wales has a long association with BIF, and its celebrated original productions include Greek, The Killing Flower, The Golden Dragon and Y Twr.

Creatives & Cast

Andrew Gourlay Conductor
Jude Christian Director
Rosie Elnile Designer
Cécile Trémolières Costume Designer
London Sinfonietta Orchestra


Anna Dennis Violet
Richard Burkhard Felix
Frances Gregory Laura
Andrew Mackenzie Wicks Clock Keeper

“Violet is the best new British Opera in years”


“A harrowing night out, but gripping”

★ ★ ★ ★ THE TIMES

“There is real assurance about every gesture and texture, it’s tremendously accomplished”


Dates & Times

  • Duration: 1hr 25mins (includes interval)
  • Age Guidance: 12+ (contains strong language)
  • Price: £25-£55



Under 35s (Next Gen BIF Friends): £10 (available from 1 May)