Video by Zak Harney, with music by Ben Pearson

World premiere of a new opera by Stephen McNeff

“a vivid and uplifting evening in the theatre, with the sense of a striking new work being created” -

Award-winning composer Stephen McNeff and librettist Olivia Fuchs join forces to create a new opera for Trinity Laban students. 

Based on the true story of the first female prisoners transported to Australia in the early 19th century, Banished tells the story of how a group of people join to overcome their differences and survive adversity.

Featuring elements of documentary reality, flights of theatrical fantasy and references to folk songs of the time, don’t miss the world premiere of this gritty and funny work. 

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including interval)

Banished Gallery (Photos: Lidia Crisafulli)


With grateful thanks to the RVW Trust and the Hinrichsen Foundation for their support in commissioning the score and to The Hearn Foundation and Francesca Robinson for production and design support.

RVW Trust Logo  Hinrichsen Foundation logo

About Banished

Based on the play Female Transport by Steve Gooch

Olivia Fuchs librettist 
Elaine Kidd director
Jessica Cottis conductor
Louie Whitemore set and costume design
Ben Omerod lighting design

WED 29 JUN - SAT 2 JUL 19.30h
SAT 2 JUL 14.30h

Blackheath Halls

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