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A double bill of operas

Pacific Pleasures

by Alannah Marie Halay on a libretto by Jorge Balça

Trouble in Tahiti

by Leonard Bernstein

Goodenough College | 25th & 26th March 2017 | 8pm


Set in a typical residential suburb, Tahiti! tells us the story of a young couple who, despite apparently having all the key ingredients for happiness and having been afforded all the opportunities to hold on to it and be truly happy, alas… are not.

Directed by Jorge Balça, Karin Hendrickson conducts a vibrant and talented orchestra of young musicians. As our Tahiti! unfolds, the five strong ensemble cast will ask you to consider ‘what’s your Tahiti?’

Using a range of dramatic strategies, such as physical theatre and puppeteering, Tahiti! explores the extent to which our lives are already mapped out before we start living them.

Jorge Balça is a London-based actor, theatre & opera director, teacher and academic. He trained as a countertenor in Portugal, before moving to the UK in 1998 when he started focusing on directing during his BA Performing Arts – Drama at Middlesex University. Since then, Jorge leads workshops and research projects in the areas of opera, physical theatre, interdisciplinary performance and cross-culturalism. Directing credits include ‘Don Giovanni… a fashion opera’ by W.A. Mozart (Goodenough), ‘The Magic Flute’ by W.A. Mozart (Goodenough/Bloomsbury Festival), ‘Tango Finale’ by M. Corbett (+logo), ‘The Tunnel of Rats’ by A.N. Rosa (Stonecrabs) and more.


Words and Music (Trouble In Tahiti) by Leonard Bernstein
Music (Pacific Pleasures) by Alannah Marie Halay
Libretto (Pacific Pleasures) by Jorge Balça
Directed by: Jorge Balça
Musical Director: Karin Harcourt
Lighting Designer: Will Alder


Dinah – Rebecca Cuddy
Sam – Edward Laurenson
Ensemble – Eleri Gwilym
Ensemble – Joshua Baxter
Ensemble – Ashley Mercer



25th & 26th March 2017, 8pm


Goodenough College,

Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AB


Tickets £12 available through Eventbrite:






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