In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol
In the Locked Room and Ghost Patrol
A Co-commission and Co-production with Music Theatre Wales



A locked door that sparks an obsession so strong that the boundaries between reality and fantasy begin to blur. A modern-day bar where three people who are trying to escape their past collide, uncovering a terrible secret and unleashing inevitable tragedy.

Since 2009, we’ve been working with Music Theatre Wales to present productions of contemporary opera in Scotland. This double bill brings together the creative energies of both companies for the first time, exploring the capacity of the mind to shape our lives through the potency of imagination and the overwhelming power of memories.


Composers Huw Watkins and Stuart MacRae team up with former collaborators – Watkins with multi award-winning poet David Harsent (Crime Fiction 2009) and MacRae with acclaimed crime novelist Louise Welsh (‘Remembrance Day’ Five:15 – Operas Made in Scotland 2009) – to bring these evocative tales to the stage.


Click to hear Director Matthew Richardson talking about Stuart MacRae's opera Ghost Patrol (with a libretto by Louise Welsh).



In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol were performed at:


Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

Thu 30 Aug

Sat 1 Sep

Sun 2 Sep

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival


Theatre Royal Glasgow

Thu 6 Sep

Fri 7 Sep


Supported by Beyond Borders, The Foyle Foundation and RVW Trust

Sung in English Running time approximately 2 hours 5 minutes