To the Lighthouse, London Style:
Although the Thames is referred to as the artery of the beating heart of London, mostly it’s a nuisance getting from South to North London and vice versa as the infrastructure of bridges and tunnels struggle to keep pace with the ever-growing capital city. It also has some beautiful water facing buildings and spaces, but the fact that it has a lighthouse had completely passed me by; yet it’s obvious that in its heyday when the docks were working rather than expensive apartment buildings, that lighthouses would be needed.
Urban Tales is a series of cultural events showcasing artists in unexpected places around the City. The evening we were invited to was to see a new opera, Folie a Deux, performed by the Mahogany Opera Group at the last remaining lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
We boarded a boat at London Bridge and were transported in style to the lighthouse, which is near to East India Docks. The area is now a thriving centre for the arts and creative industries. It was a beautiful evening and we were able to enjoy a bite to eat outside before the performance commenced.
Whilst not an opera ‘virgin’, my experience of them is pretty limited. This was therefore really interesting and different to experience, and with the story descending into madness for both of the characters, it was certainly gripping. The opera was written by British composer Emily Hall and Icelandic lyricist Sjon (who usually collaborates with Bjork).
We walked to the nearest DLR station, and found some quirky artwork en route.
I don’t know what or where Urban Tales 3 will be, but I’m certainly going to keep a look out for it!
Disclaimer: We were guests of London Island City