Hush: An Opera in Two Bestial Acts
Taking a Brechtian approach to fairytale and folklore, the libretto for Hush features five runaway children who embed their own stories of social and familial abuse in collective re-tellings of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ and Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Nightingale’.
Written while Naomi Foyle was an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Hush prefigures many of the themes of her later work. Scored by Allen Cole, directed by Peter Hinton and Alisa Palmer, starring Holly Cole, Randi Helmers, Taborah Johnson, Jimmie Earl Perry and James Tait, with Alisa Palmer on alternative nights, Hush enjoyed an extended run at Theatre Passe Muraille in Oct 1990. It subsequently won three Dora Awards, including Best Musical Production.
Photographs from the HUSH archive at Guelph University Library, Canada. Content Note: one of the photographs below contains imagery of male genitalia suggestive of sexual aggression.