La Voix Humaine

Musicals and Opera (opera)

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  • Quaker Meeting House - Theatre
  • 18:45
  • Aug 10
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Open Bodies for Opera (OBFO)
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


In La Voix Humaine, two lovers are attached through a telephone cord, each totally alone, yet talking without seeing or touching each other. This bold new production of Poulenc and Cocteau's opera deals with disembodiment and with the difficulties of communication when technology is the interface between two people. Since the mediation of technology defines all kinds of relationships today, this theme is more relevant than ever. Using improvisatory acting informed by the Lecoq technique, Poulenc's sensual and emotionally intense music will be brought vividly to life.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift from foyer, has a maximum capacity of 1 wheelchair and carer. If not taking the lift it is one flight of 25 steps from ground floor to theatre.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Tom Whyte 101 days ago

Filipa Portela convinces in her gut wrenching rôle as Elle the ditched lover. Five years of her life and all her heart and soul shredded with the memorbilia of blissful days, now so much detritis on the floor. The set mirrors the despair, right down to the half eaten slice of toast. And that voice! Beautifully dissecting your emotions as you are led to realise: it could be you. You experience the other side of the conversation through the skillful insinuation of the piano. The player symbolivally has their back turned to the grieving lover. There is no doubt: it is over! This is truly a "must see" at the well located Quaker Meeting House. Remember your tissues!

Gregor 105 days ago

A bold and intensely moving production of this little gem of an opera. The singing and acting was constantly inventive and sometimes brilliantly surprising. The Lecoq influence in the acting was a particularly interesting innovation because typical operatic acting leaves something to be desired. This show achieves so much more and proves that opera can be an accessible and profound experience for anyone and everyone. The piano accompanist was impeccable. The audience was all moved to tears by the end!

Jane 106 days ago

Stunning. Luscious music, wonderful musicality and drama. The two performers (singer and pianist) weave the tale beautifully and this audience member (not particularly knowledgeable about opera) thoroughly enjoyed it. In French with English captions.

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BachTrack (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Pianist Kristine Donnan’s dramatic interpretation matched Portela’s mood by mood in a perfect dynamic relationship, her startling playing tinged with brooding anger and frustration, and peppered with dramatic pauses. Simple, effective lighting from Anna-Madeleine Poll added atmosphere to this short, thrillingly unpredictable piece and riveting Edinburgh Fringe event.

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

I’m running out of superlatives – this is my third five-star show today…and it could hardly be more different from the first two. Portuguese soprano Filipa Portela gave a stunning performance of Poulenc’s one-act opera, showing extreme emotional and physical versatility in the role of ‘Elle’ [Her], superbly accompanied by...

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