The Waterworks

Collaboration: opera (50 mins)

Gordon McPherson (head of composition, RCS Scotland) worked with Paul and Red Note Ensemble on this ‘paranoid concerto’ for orchestral ensemble and actor, probing UFO and Bilderberg fantasies, the unknowability of the truth of world events as reported, and automatic speech as the actor becomes either mad or a mouthpiece for aliens. Script-writer: Paul Michael Henry. Composer: Gordon McPherson. 

The Waterworks was performed at the Traverse (Edinburgh), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow) and Lemon Tree (Aberdeen, part of Sound Festival), 2009.