Buxton International Festival


Composed by Tom Coult and written by Alice Birch, 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.

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 director Jude Christian, following her direction of Dark Night of the Soul (Shakespeare’s Globe) and her appointment as Associate Director at Home in Manchester, and Rosie Elnile, ‘a designer with a passion for extravagance, unruliness, mess and fun’ - What’s On Stage.

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.


Tom Coult Composer
Alice Birch Libretto
Jude Christian Director
Andrew Gourlay Conductor
Rosie Elnile Designer


Elizabeth Atherton Violet
Elliot Carlton Hines Felix
Frances Gregory Laura
John Graham-Hall Clock Keeper

Dates & Times

  • Mon 13 Jul 7:15pm
  • Price: £25-£52



Under 35s: £5 tickets available from 1 May (proof of age required)