The Silver Tassie with BBC Symphony Orchestra

10th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Barbican Concert Hall
London EC2Y 8DS

Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play The Silver Tassie pries open the wound of the First World War and peers unblinkingly into its horrifying depths. The futility of war and its painful human cost is conveyed with even greater intensity in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s beautifully crafted operatic adaptation, which explores what happens when young, football-mad Irishman Harry comes back from the war in a wheelchair.

An all-star British cast has been assembled for this first UK revival of the opera since its 2000 premiere, including John Tomlinson, Susan Bickley, Sally Matthews and Louise Alder, with rising young baritone Ashley Riches as Harry. The performance will be conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.


Ashley Riches – Harry
Sally Matthews – Susie
Sir John Tomlinson – Croucher
Claire Booth – Mrs Foran
Marcus Farnsworth – Teddy
Charles Rice – Barney
Louise Alder – Jessie
Susan Bickley – Mrs Heegan
Mark Le Brocq – Sylvester
Anthony Gregory – Dr Maxwell/Staff Officer
Andrew Rupp – Corporal
BBC Singers
Finchley Children’s Music Group


BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth – Conductor