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London Sinfonietta - Philip Venables: The Gender Agenda

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A concert piece like no other, The Gender Agenda turns Queen Elizabeth Hall into a gameshow and the audience into contestants

Complete with challenges and commercials, The Gender Agenda has all the features of a game show, but turned on its head – think The Generation Game meets Southpark. Hosted by the brilliantly charismatic David Hoyle, members of the audience are invited up onstage to play the game in this irreverent and funny exploration of gender (in)equality.

The first part of the evening features cabaret-style performances from spoken word artists and London Sinfonietta musicians. Re-capturing the spirit of change that accompanied the London Sinfonietta’s first ever concert in 1968, this event marks the ensemble’s return to Queen Elizabeth Hall in its re-opening festival.

Venables’ opera adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis won him an RPS award and was nominated for an Olivier Award. His Illusions (2017) forms the later part of the evening, written as an address to the new government and featuring performance artist David Hoyle.

Supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne in collaboration with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Asko\Schönberg and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música


Jessica Cottis conductor
David Hoyle host
Ted Huffman director
London Sinfonietta


-: Foyer performances
Philip Venables: The Gender Agenda (World premiere)
Philip Venables: Illusions

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £20


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Please note
The Gender Agenda is suitable for ages 12+ (contains mild language and sexual references)
Illusions is suitable for ages 18+ (contains sexual and drug references)

Foyer performances start at 7.30pm

£5 tickets are available for 16 – 25-year-olds.