Cave 24 May 2018

In the cavernous warehouse space of Printworks London, this new music theatre work follows a grieving father's quest for survival in a world devastated by climate change. Desperate to connect one last time with his daughter, he enters a dark cave, triggering a journey into an underworld of spirits. This latest project furthers the successful collaboration between Tansy Davies and writer Nick Drake following their opera Between Worlds (2015) which won the 2016 British Composers Award for Stage Work. Cave stars tenor Mark Padmore, mezzo-soprano Elaine Mitchener and is directed by Lucy Bailey and conducted by Geoffrey Paterson.

'A haunting, unsettling performance... Drake's libretto is powerfully resonant, a poem rather than a plot, and clearly very deeply felt...' -- Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

'Davies reaches that place of emotional embodiment only music can capture, and wraps it in a dark yet cathartic embrace' -- Arts Desk

'You could never accuse the composer Tansy Davies and the writer Nick Drake of evading big issues... a bold, ambitious show' -- Richard Morrison, Times

'A subtle, effective libretto...' -- Richard Fairman, Financial Times

More on "Cave: what our audiences had to say" at

Mark Padmore tenor
Elaine Mitchener mezzo-soprano
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Sound Intermedia sound design
London Sinfonietta

Tansy Davies composer
Nick Drake libretto
Lucy Bailey director
Mike Britton designer
Jack Knowles lighting designer

Download the libretto here.