Music, lyrics and letter workshops by Gwyneth Herbert
Directed by Bijan Sheibani

In a world where communication is radically shifting, seven students stare bravely down the Zoom lens.

Their voices bring Gwyneth Herbert’s collection of Letter Songs alive in a new way, reaching through a storm of noise to encounter stories of personal wounding, historical violence, political and human solidarity.

How do we find the courage to speak out and listen at the same time? If we topple down the towers, what might we build in their place? And amidst it all, can we find a way to reconnect with our wonder – the wonder of just being alive?

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Tom Blacket
You're Welcome

Max Cadman and Rafal Supinski
Don't Call Me That

Stephanie Lindo

Butterfly Effect

Sarah Watts-Tibbatts
Frosting on Your Windows

Tiasha Faidiga
Yours is Ours

Andrea Golinucci
Tick Tock Tick

Full Company
Held in the Sound

Seren Nickson and Sarah Watts-Tibbatts violin

Joseph Keenan cello

Hannah Corcoran flute, piccolo, saxophone

Daniel Latham clarinet

Zoë Perkins trumpet

Hannah Stell trombone

Louis Moisan guitar

Jonathan Mayers bass

Jonathan Phillips percussion

Gwyneth Herbert Composer/Lyricist

Bijan Sheibani Director

Matthew Jackson Musical Director

Stella Heath Keir Video Editor

Benjamin Maxwell Sound Designer

Mike Walker Supervising Sound Editor

Maxim Gamble Recording Engineer

Gwyneth Herbert
and Matthew Jackson orchestrations

Sophie Rubenstein
and Heather Cryan (cover) Stage Managers

Daniel Bowling Executive Producer/Head of Musical Theatre

David Anderson Supervising Producer/Production Manager

Mark Warman Supervising Audio Consultant

Katie Blumenblatt Company Manager

Louise Flew Assistant Company Manager

Gillian Schofield Events Manager

Murray Richmond Orchestra Manager

We’re deeply grateful to everyone who supported us through this crazy year, especially Disney Theatrical Productions, Dianne Roberts and the Graham and Dianne Roberts Charitable Settlement, the Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, The Mackintosh Foundation and the Toni V Fell Musical Charitable Trust. We couldn’t have done this without you.


  • The original Letters I Haven't Written project team:
    Video Designer Will Duke, Director Susannah Tresilian, Set and Costume Designer Tom Rogers, producers Sound UK, and co-commissioners Snape Maltings and Oxford Contemporary Music
  • Molly Manning Walker
  • VLT Legal
  • Sam Oladeinde
  • George Sheibani, Dora Sheibani and Oscar Pereira Sheibani

'The Butterfly Effect' was born out of the words of young artists from the Young Women's Music Project, Oxford.

'Yours is Ours' was inspired by the life and work of Gloria Steinem, co-commissioned by The Canales Project and the University of Wolverhampton.

If you require a transcript of the libretto, please email

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