Stuart MacRae & Louise Welsh


World premiere

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The award-winning team behind 2016’s five-star The Devil Inside returns with a gripping new work.

In the frozen Arctic wastelands, an expeditionary team of scientists becomes trapped. Tensions rise and relationships crumble; and then something appears, out of the ice…

This fourth collaboration between composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, a hugely successful partnership initially born of Five:15 – Operas Made in Scotland, promises a night of unrelenting dramatic tension and superb storytelling.

'Sizzles with of the most interesting, well sung and well produced pieces of opera that has been seen on the Scottish stage for quite a few years.'
Opera Britannia on The Devil Inside, 2016

Director Matthew Richardson once again teams up with designer Samal Blak to bring MacRae and Welsh’s work to the stage. They are joined by a superb ensemble cast including former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France, fast making a name for herself as a contemporary music specialist, Scottish soprano Jeni Bern and Stephen Gadd (Flight 2018). Stuart Stratford conducts. Performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh are followed by a transfer to London.

Running time approx. 2 hours 20 mins

Sung in English with English supertitles

Special effects: The performance will contain strobe, flashing and bright lighting effects; haze and a pyrotechnic.

Supported by: John S Cohen Foundation, RVW Trust and Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle



Cast & Creative Team

Jennifer France

Professor Prentice
Jeni Bern

Stephen Gadd

Benedict Nelson

Harry King
Mark Le Brocq

Captain Ross
Paul Whelan

Anthony Gregory

Sarah Champion

Stuart Stratford

Matthew Richardson

Set & Costume Designer
Samal Blak

Lighting Designer
Matthew Richardson

Associate Lighting Designer
Zoe Spurr

Movement Director
Kally Lloyd-Jones

Fight Director
Raymond Short

Theatre Royal Glasgow
24 • 26 Jan 7.15pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
31 Jan • 2 Feb 7.15pm

Hackney Empire, London
7 • 9 Feb 7.30pm


What the press said

 'Fuses dramatic flair, orchestral finesse and luminous vocals' ★★★★ The Guardian

'Tense and riveting…embodies the spirit of good 21st-century opera.' ★★★★ Opera Now 

'Icily resonant tale with a remorseless grip...' ★★★★ The Telegraph

 'Genuinely “cinematic” in both the staging and in MacRae’s score.' ★★★★ The Herald

 'Gripping music theatre.' ★★★★ The Times

 'Exhilarating.' ★★★★ The Scotsman





If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Sat 26 Jan, 6pm

Sat 2 Feb, 6pm

Audio Described

Sat 26 Jan, 7.15pm

Sat 2 Feb, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Pre-show Talk

Sat 26 Jan, 6pm

Sat 2 Feb, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.