Shelter is a complete chamber opera. Libretto by Jane Fox and music by Ashley long John.

It is a sensory exploration of forced child marriage and Stockholm Syndrome where a girl is married to an old husband and held captive for an unknown time. Shelter is a powerful, immersive opera exploring attachment, ambivalence, loss of innocence and the (im)-possibility of freedom. The score is part-graphic and contains elements of vocal and musical improvisation for three voices, cello and double-bass. Shelter was funded by the Arts Council Of Wales in 2015.

Part-graphic score for Shelter

In 2015 Asking4It Productions completed a period of research and development with the composer Ashley John Long on Shelter at The Royal Welsh College of music and Drama.

Tom Smith, Lara-Clare Bourdeaux and Laura Curry

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