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Your reaction: The Wasp Factory

Audience tweets about Ben Frost's adaptation of Iain Banks's cult novel.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

3 October 2013 at 11.23am | 7 Comments

Press reviews

What did you think of The Wasp Factory?

The Wasp Factory runs until 8 October. A limited number of tickets are still available.
The production is staged with support from Capital Cultural Fund Berlin and Nordic Culture Point.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

3 October 2013 at 11.23am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged audience, by Ben Frost, Iain Banks, Linbury Studio Theatre, Production, Reaction Roundup, review, Social Media, The Wasp Factory, twitter

This article has 7 comments

  1. Alastair responded on 4 October 2013 at 8:39am Reply

    Complete rubbish in my view - very difficult to hear the words (I picked up 1 in 20) and weird staging - what was the point of that?

    I enjoyed the book but hated the whole experience of this piece of rubbish - I left feeling deeply angry that the Opera House would entertain this tripe.

    What a waste of £80 and two hours of my life - I want a refund.

    • Linda responded on 5 October 2013 at 4:15pm

      Wholeheartedly agree with Alastair.

      The Financial Times and the Arts Desk summed it up perfectly.

      We were Stung!!

  2. Ann responded on 4 October 2013 at 11:51am Reply

    The translation of a work such as the Wasp Factory to the stage must always be a challenge and will always provoke mixed opinions. To be bland would be a failure! We found it a fascinating and exciting evening and how great to see so many younger people in the audience! I did feel it was a pity that, unlike the German audience, we did not have surtitles as although the libretto was in English it was very difficult to hear the words and without knowledge of the book one could have been bewildered at times. Also the volume of sound was, at times, far too great for the health of our hearing!

  3. Clive Robinson responded on 5 October 2013 at 11:50am Reply

    Went to see the worst bit of musical theatre I've ever seen last night! Made me want to voluntarily listen to Vogon Poetry! This wasn't opera but something that would come third in the Turner Prize!

  4. Tom responded on 6 October 2013 at 12:18am Reply

    I can understand that anyone coming to this expecting to hear "a challenging new opera" may be very disappointed, or at least baffled. I happened to see the Evening Standard review the day before coming, and it did rather put me off. Very glad I did come, though! The kind of show that you would more expect to see at the National or Young Vic, but good to see that it was here.

    A piece like this is always going to divide audience and critical opinion. Once I'd got used to the soundscape texture and vocal style, I found the piece totally engrossing, fascinating, disturbing and breathtaking. I never expected to enjoy the score as much as I did - far from being bland and turgid, there was plenty to engage the attention in the seamless blend and dialogue between strings and electronics, over which the singing actors wove their Bjork-inspired hypnotic vocal harmony (and I had no difficulty catching virtually every word). I enjoyed it every bit as much as The Minotaur, probably because the two pieces are from two completely different worlds, with no less validity in one than the other.

    One question, though - you've only included negative review at the bottom of the article. What about the Guardian, who praised it? A quick Internet search has thrown up some more good ones!

    A piece that's never going to be to everyone's taste, but exactly the sort of thing the ROH should continue to do. And it knocked ENO's Sunken Garden out of the water.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 October 2013 at 9:52pm

      Thanks for your comments Tom, and glad that you enjoyed The Wasp Factory. The reason we haven't included subsequent reviews is because they were published later than our first night snapshot.



  5. Alex Torres responded on 9 October 2013 at 10:33am Reply

    Saw the 8/10 performance. Loved it! Great piece of music-theatre! I want to see it again!

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