The excess of death

Lacuna is an allegoric black comedy of Western political history, with characters drawn from the chess board. Lacuna charts the final 24 hours in the demise of Orpheus’ upper world as his queen, knights, bishops and rooks are ‘taken’ through seemingly inevitable processes – processes which reflect universal concerns with power and conflict.

Lacuna draws on parallels between the medieval and the contemporary, both in its narrative and music. David Chesworth’s score is aurally rich and varied, drawing on a highly original collaboration of electronic and acoustic instrumentation.

“A potently powerful music-theatre event



  • Nominated for Production in Opera, Green Room Awards