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Bluebeard's Castle In Dalston - A Giant Puppet Opera
Directed by Oliver James Hymans and Nick Connaughton
Puppet design and direction by Oliver James Hymans
Performed by the Arcola Community Theatre Company
Presented at Gillett Square, Dalston London
Opening the10th Grimeborn Festival of contemporary opera




Directors: Oliver James Hymans and Nick Connaughton
Puppet Design/Direction: Oliver James Hymans
Puppet Design Assistant: Kate Powell

Set Design: Loukia Minetou 
Judith’s Costume: Jenna Rossi-Camus
Make Up Artist: Talia Jordan

Technical Manager: Geoff Hense

Poster Image: courtesy of Brent Eviston

Performance photos: Demola @ / Veronica Glove


Creative Producer Gillett Square Dalston: Clarissa Carlyon


Kate Powell

Judy Frumin

Delea Shand

Jacob Corn

Peter Provis

Alice Stanley 

Alena Skálová
Özlem Tunçil
Isabelle von Maltzan
Dele Oladeji

Luca Vincenti

Aurelio Vince

Kate-Lois Elliott 

Heather Qualtrough

Bluebeard's Castle was originally programmed for Opera in the East which was part of the Local Programme at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was presented as part of Go East Fest!


After acclaimed performances in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last year, Arcola Creative Engagement’s giant puppet opera returned to Dalston to open Grimeborn 2016.

Béla Bartók’s entrancing masterpiece came to life infront of an 800 strong audience with large-scale puppets designed by Oliver James Hymans and operated by a cast of community performers drawn from across East London.

Music, dance, movement and puppetry intertwine as Judith and Bluebeard venture deeper into the castle. 

Bluebeard’s Castle features recorded music, performed in English.


This performance took place in Gillett Square, a unique public space in the heart of Dalston and a large, uncluttered blank canvas for a community to paint differently, every day

Hackney Co-operative Developments works with many partners to ensure that Gillett Square provides the community a vital refuge and place to congregate in community celebration

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