Watch: Ben Frost on The Wasp Factory
The composer and director talks about creating a piece of musical theatre from Iain Banks's novel.
Ben Frost’s new piece The Wasp Factory is every bit as disturbing as the book it is based on.
He speaks here about working with a source text for the first time and his approach to composition, which incorporates noises as well as notes: “There’s an inherent democracy in my approach to music making… I don’t make the voice of a string quintet any more important than the hiss of a snake or the cracking of ice or the sound of fire.”
Ben’s music was heard previously at the Royal Opera House, when he created the score for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance’s FAR.
The Wasp Factory is one of more than 15 new works announced by The Royal Opera at the start of the year, to be staged between now and 2020.
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Remaining performances of The Wasp Factory have very limited availability.
The production is a co-production between HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Laura Berman_Next, Berlin, and The Royal Opera and Holland Festival in collaboration with Cork Midsummer Festival. It has been made possible by support from Capital Cultural Fund Berlin and Nordic Culture Point.