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London Sinfonietta - Philip Venables: The Gender Agenda

Part of Classical Season

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. Guided by a charismatic presenter, 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


London Sinfonietta
Jessica Cottis conductor
Ted Huffman director


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

Dates & times

12 Apr 2018
Approximate run time: 135 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £20
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)


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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 violent imagery and drug references)

Foyer performances start at 7.30pm

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