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Lion's Face, The  

Music by Elena Langer

Lion's Face, The $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST
Developed by the award-winning The Opera Group (in association with the Institute of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Foundation), The Lion’s Face is a new opera which explores the issues surrounding dementia and is a collaboration between poet Glyn Maxwell and composer Elena Langer whose first work together, The Girl of Sand, was described as “Hauntingly beautiful… an enticing sonic tapestry.”

Featuring four characters—a patient, his wife, his carer and the carer’s daughter—the piece documents and reflects on the patient’s loss of perception and language and the way this impacts on the other characters.

There's a fundamental honesty about the piece and an absence of sentimentality or melodrama which commands respect. –  Telegraph

Cast : 2M, 2F

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-994-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


GLYN MAXWELL has long been regarded as one of Britain's major poets. He has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as being shortlisted three times for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems was published last year. Many of his plays have been staged in London and New York. They include The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide's Best Play on the Fringe at Edinburgh in 2004 , Broken Journey and The Only Girl in the World (both Time Out Critics' Choices). Oberon Books publishes his Plays One (The Lifeblood, The Only Girl in the World and Wolfpit), Plays Two (Broken Journey, Best Man Speech and The Last Valentine), The Forever Waltz, Liberty, After Troy, Merlin and the Woods of Time, The Lion's Face and Seven Angels.


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