Last Party on Earth is an opera-film created during the pandemic of Covid-19 reflecting on the dystopian present of the time and the possible future threats like climate change, despotic regimes, cyber surveillance and therefore the loss of our inner child.
Following fire, flood and virus, two clowns wonder in a barren landscape. They come across the self-isolating, stockpiling Queen of Cans in her bunker, who invites them in to a party. Can love blossom even as life on Earth perishes? And who or what is the Dark One of whom they are so terrified? Stripped to its essentials, with only an accordion for company, this comic opera turns out to be no laughing matter.
Words: Leo Doulton
Music: Edward Lambert
Co-director: Simon Gleave
Co-director: Adrian Ardelean
Musical Director: Elspeth Wilkes
Design: Charlie Wood
Producer: Katie Gunn
Queen: Emily Thorner (soprano)
Squib; Gráinne Gillis (mezzo-soprano)
Lissa: Simon Grange (bass)
Accordion: Ilona Suomalainen
Dark One: Henry Clements (treble)
Production Assistant: Layla Bradbeer
Movement Director: Korina Kokkali