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17 August– 19 August

Spectra Ensemble


Directed by Cecilia Stinton

Music: Lewis Coenen-Rowe   |  Words: Kurt Schwitters

“Collision is ahead of us. The end of the world is near.”

Berlin, 1928: a strange Green Globe is on course to collide with Earth, and panic is rife in the streets. With lovers star-crossed and citizens inciting revolt, only the High Commissioner of Order can organise the final curtain. Irreverent cabaret-opera Collision begs the question: how would you spend your world’s end weekend?

Part absurdist science-fiction, part sultry cabaret, Collision is the first and only opera work from avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. Conceived in 1928 as a Dada-esque piece combining hyperactive farce and nihilistic satire, it was never produced in his lifetime.

Now, 90 years on, Spectra Ensemble recreates Collision as a fully-staged opera, set to new cabaret and jazz influenced music by Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and with a design inspired by Schwitters’ own brand of collage art.


Barnaby Beer
Olivia Sjöberg
Henry George Page
Juliet Wallace
Bethany Horak-Hallett
Alexander Gebhard


Lewis Coenen-Rowe


Kurt Schwitters


Cecilia Stinton

Music Director

Sean Morris


Holly Muir

Lighting Design

John Pham
Standard £17
Concession £14

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Thursday - Saturday 8pm
No matinee performances

Live music, performed in English

Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 80 minutes approximately .

Suitable for 12+
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

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