The Strangest of Angels
A poignant and imaginative reflection on events during Janet Frame’s time at Seacliff Mental
Hospital, The Strangest of Angels is a harrowing and hopeful experience that throws light on
mental health then and now.
Co-created by Kenneth Young, Anna Leese, and Georgia Jamieson Emms and Commissioned
by Anna Leese, The Strangest of Angels is born of an exciting and conscious collaboration
between composer and performers that explores the contrast between a calm, rational
psychiatric patient and a traumatised nurse torn between empathy and the relative power
of institutional duty.
World premiere performances directed by Friedlander Foundation Associate Artist Eleanor
Bishop and starring Anna Leese and Jayne Tankersley.
Proudly presented by NZ Opera and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in Christchurch.
May 27 and 28, 8pm at The Piano.