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Ben Frost on directing and composing The Wasp Factory (The Royal Opera)

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Published on Oct 5, 2013

Director/Composer Ben Frost on transforming Iain Banks's cult novel into gripping music theatre. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/wasp

The Wasp Factory recounts the disturbing acts of a troubled teenager on a remote Scottish island. The Sacrifice Poles, Boiling Pool, Ice Chamber and Volt Room are names Frank has given to places in his world -- an isolated environment, where he is left to his own devices by his reclusive father. Frank invents his own warrior cult and, using a homemade device called the Wasp Factory, develops a brutal way of predicting the future.

Director and composer Frost creates three-dimensional sonic structures that envelop an audience in extremes of volume and texture. Mirella Weingarten's set designs evoke a bleak, natural landscape. With lighting by Lucy Carter, The Wasp Factory promises to be as chilling as it is powerful.

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