Metta Theatre: the V&A’s first Opera Residents


The Jungle Book, Metta Theatre, 2016, ©Richard Davenport.

We are delighted to welcome Metta Theatre to the V&A. They will be the V&A’s first Opera Residents between October 2017 to the end of March 2018.

Metta Theatre is a London and Exeter based Theatre Company established in 2005 by joint Artistic Directors Poppy Burton-Morgan and William Reynolds. It is one of the UK’s leading mid-scale touring companies which makes theatre and opera across the UK in hugely diverse settings, from museums to cafes, theatres and playgrounds. Previous partners and collaborators include the Young Vic, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Metta is a cross-art form theatre practice which uses the art of story-telling, performance and striking visuals to reach a range of audiences often with an intended political or social message.

The Jungle Book trailer, Metta Theatre, 2016.

Meet the Team

Four key individuals will be collaborating during Metta’s six month residency at the V&A.


Poppy Burton-Morgan, Metta’s Artistic Director and co-founder, is a prolific writer, librettist and director. She has directed many of the company’s previous performances, most recently Metta’s adaptation of Jungle Book.

William Reynolds is Metta’s co-Artistic Director and co-founder and was trained at the Motley Theatre Design School. He is the company’s resident designer and plays a key role in set and lighting design.

Oliver Brignall is a young composer and tenor who read music at Canterbury Christchurch University and is currently a PhD composition student at Brunel University. He is collaborating with Metta on various projects including the company’s current residency at the V&A.

Emily Baycroft is a freelance theatre producer and administrator. She is currently Metta Theatre’s full-time administrator. Baycroft also independently produces small-scale work, her most recent project being her production of The Overcoat, by George Johnston.

Blown Away UK Tour, Metta Theatre

Metta’s residency coincides with the V&A’s newly opened exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.  During their residency Metta will be developing a project and performances which explore the female voice.  The company notes that while women are often lead roles in opera, these female voices have historically been written by men. Metta has always had a strong commitment to gender parity ensuring at least 50% female performers in their work. While at the V&A, the company aims to develop a new opera entitled Roles’ that will explore canonical female characters emancipated from the historically male gaze.

You can meet Metta at their upcoming open studios which are listed here.

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