1-2 August 2013; Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, Riverside Studios
Music by Erick Flores; text by Afsaneh Gray
Directed by Pia Furtado
Conducted by Adam Gatehouse
When Jade Goody died in 2009, her death was consumed like one more episode of the reality TV that created her. She was the symbol of the Big Brother generation, the first reality TV star to get widespread recognition, with crews from Germany, the United States and elsewhere standing outside her house, reporting on her final hours. Part account of the way her life and death were reported, part modern-day fairy tale, and the Crowd (wept) explores the emptiness at the heart of the celebrity dream.