Laura Attridge is a dynamic young maker of opera and theatre with a passion for collaborative creative work and an artistic vision which aims to balance integrity and innovation. She is the founder and Artistic Director of And So Forth (ASF), a company dedicated to interdisciplinary exploration and the facilitation of dialogue between the very best emerging artists in opera and theatre. Laura directed and co-wrote ASF’s inaugural production, Damsel/Wife/Witch, for two actors and a mezzo-soprano; other work with the company has included the hosting of Q&As with established artists, and the curation and facilitation of a series of development workshops for performers.
Laura has directed new pieces of theatre at venues including the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Etcetera Theatre. Her opera direction to date includes Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig for Hampstead Garden Opera (2017) and two France/UK tours for Opera Loki (Così fan tutte, 2016; La Bohème, 2015). She has also been an assistant/staff director for companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Blackheath Halls Opera and British Youth Opera. In 2018 Laura will be directing Snappy Operas for Mahogany Opera Group, The Rape of Lucretia for Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and Don Giovanni for Waterperry Opera Festival, as well as returning to Glyndebourne as assistant director for their autumn tour.
As comfortable in a workshop as in a rehearsal, Laura is also in demand as a facilitator and leader for a whole range of different projects. Work to date with children, young people and communities has included projects with HMDT Music, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, W11 Opera and Blackheath Halls Opera; most recently, she has led workshop days for Glyndebourne Youth Opera. Furthermore, as a creative facilitator, Laura has led devising workshops for companies like The Pensive Federation, to make new work for the stage. Currently Laura is co-leading A Manchester Songbook, a new project pairing composers from the Royal Northern College of Music and writers from The Writing Squad, and mentoring each pair through the collaborative process to create a new song.
As a writer, Laura has had poetry published in prestigious magazines and zines including The Rialto and Mslexia, and is featured in the new anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets. Her song cycles have been premiered at Glyndebourne, the Royal College of Music (RCM), the National Gallery and Bard College (New York). With First Class Honours in English Literature from Newcastle University and postgraduate training in Vocal Studies from the RCM, her love of the relationship between words and music has led to many fruitful collaborations with composers. Notably, Laura’s ongoing creative partnership with composer Lewis Murphy – as duo Murphy & Attridge – has thus far produced numerous works for the stage: Now (2014, RCM and Tête-à-Tête Festival), Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015, ASF), First Date (2017, Sound Festival), and Belongings (2017, Glyndebourne). Laura and Lewis’ latest opera, Then to the elements, was recently premiered by Scottish Opera; they are currently working on a commission from the National Opera Studio, as part of the 12:40 project, to be performed in June.
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