An opera for the modern age
Tim Claydon-words/direction/movement director
Jessica Maryon Davies-music/arrangements
Using Andy Warhol’s prediction that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes” we shine a light onto the issue of young people’s mental health. Edie Sedgwick was a 60’s icon, Warhol’s muse and the first celebrity ‘it’ girl. She was the first Superstar and was dead by 28. Her life before she arrived in NY had been the worst possible preparation for what awaited her; abuse, addiction, eating disorders and abortions all led to an incredibly vulnerable young woman walking into an environment where her fragility and incredible beauty could be readily exploited. I wish to use her story to shine a light upon the abuse of the venerable in modern society. To highlight the rise in mental health issues, particularly amongst young people. Readily exploited by social media and by the makers of reality TV. I feel that to encourage new audiences into opera we need to make socially relevant stories that are accessible to all.