Marsha - A Girl Who Does Bad Things is a humorous, honest and startling account of the world through fresh eyes. Featuring a new libretto and score, the opera is the story of a young girl discovering the truth about beauty. Playful and unsettling, it explores our notions of innocence, prejudice and the blurred lines between reality and fantasy.
Marsha is locked away. She waits and waits, and then it happens...
liveartshow was the winner of an Musical Theatre Network Award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Future For Beginners, an off-beat romantic comedy, with operatic arias and contemporary dance.
Marsha, a co-production with the Arcola, is directed by Martin Constantine (Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera House and English National Opera), written by Alan Harris (New National Theatre Tokyo/National Theatre Wales’s The Opportunity of Efficiency, National Theatre of Wales’s A Good Night Out In The Valleys, and Sherman Cymru’s Cardboard Dad) and contains new music from Harry Blake (Soho Theatre, OperaUpClose, winner of the Craig Barbour Award for Composition).
Alan Harris said: “We wanted to explore the nature of innocence and the ideas surrounding nature and nurture. Marsha is a young girl who despite her inability to go anywhere physically goes on a journey every day around a village, meeting characters on the way. But the day that we meet her things start to fall apart and the world changes for Marsha as her realisation and understanding of her environment grows.”