World premiere at the 2016 Grimeborn Festival

A powerful new one-woman chamber opera by Gillian Whitehead and Fleur Adcock,  based on the life of celebrated New Zealand writer and feminist, Robin Hyde.

Commissioned and produced by Joanne Roughton-Arnold, she was joined by a stellar line-up of NZ and British talent to bring the world premiere of this extraordinary new work to the 2016 Grimeborn Festival at London's Arcola Theatre.

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New Zealand premiere at the 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival

Joanne Roughton-Arnold collaborated with NZTrio in a special adaptation of the work for the  Adam Chamber Music Festival. The fully staged production at Nelson's Theatre Royal was again directed by Sara Brodie, and was singled out as a festival highlight by the Nelson Mail.


'An unforgettable premiere... A superb operatic performance that deserves to be repeated throughout New Zealand.'

Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

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Iris Dreaming: from Page to Stage

Against a backdrop of budget deficits and unrelenting austerity, what does it take to nurture an idea for a new opera and bring it to life on stage?

Joanne Roughton-Arnold describes her extraordinary creative journey in bringing Iris Dreaming to audiences on two continents in opposite hemispheres.

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