In a muddied nightdress, in a country kitchen, Violet finally smiles. For years, her tired daily routine has been dictated by the inescapable chime of the Clock Tower, until one night she feels time quicken. Suddenly an hour is lost – every day. As the hours disappear, long-held certainties evaporate and ordered society falls into disarray. With the townspeople in crisis, can Violet finally escape?

Combining the acclaimed talents of writer Alice Birch (TV adaptations include Normal People; film Lady Macbeth, Mothering Sunday; stage Anatomy of a Suicide) and rising star composer Tom Coult (commissioned by First Night of the Proms; currently resident composer at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), this is opera for now and about now.

A co-production for the Aldeburgh Festival by Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales. Production staged in association with the London Sinfonietta.

Commissioned by Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales in association with Theater Ulm.


  • Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh

    June 3rd & 5th 2022

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  • Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

    June 8th 2022

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  • Theatr Clwyd, Mold

    June 19th 2022

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  • Hackney Theatre, London

    June 23rd 2022

  • Buxton International Festival, Buxton

    July 18th 2022

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The London performance is co-produced and presented by The Royal Opera in association with Hackney Empire