Chamber Pot Opera was created by Keiren Brandt-Sawdy, Thomas De Angelis and Clemence Williams. Fed up with the limited and anachronistic roles for women in opera, the creators sought to develop a new work. Their sole ambition was to use the music of opera greats, and craft a new show for their generation. It is the first opera in history to be designed specifically for public bathrooms.
Chamber Pot Opera tells the story of three women who meet for the first time in a public bathroom. One is in an abusive relationship, another is terrified that she has come on too strong on a date, and the third has been promoted through the glass ceiling to land her dream job. Together they sing of shared histories, traumas and fantasies using a catalogue of popular music from the operas of Puccini, Mozart and Bizet.
Chamber Pot Opera was originally produced at the iconic Queen Victoria Building, Sydney in November 2016 where it enjoyed a sold-out run. The production then toured to Adelaide for the Fringe Festival in February 2017. Chamber Pot Opera ran for a sold-out seven week return-season at the Queen Victoria Building in June and July 2017. Following the return-season in Sydney, Chamber Pot Opera toured to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it enjoyed a sold-out run at the Assembly Hall Ladies Bathroom. In 2018, Chamber Pot Opera toured to Saint Petersburg, Russia for the Access Point - Summer Festival Of The Arts, and enjoyed a sold-out season at The Hilton Hotel Ladies Bathroom.
Chamber Pot Opera has universal acclaim for its daring use of public space to craft a new story for an old medium. Enquiries about licensing the show should be made directly to bontom.
To read some reviews of Chamber Pot Opera, see below:
Adelaide Advertiser 22 February 2017 - ★★★★★
Limelight Magazine 5 June 2017 ★★★★
The Scotsman 26 August 2017 ★★★★
Sydney Morning Herald 4 June 2017
Stage Whispers 21 February 2017
The Daily Telegraph 7 June 2017
Sydney Morning Herald - 9 August 2017 (profile piece on new directions in Australian opera)
Adelaide Fringe Award
Chamber Pot Opera was highly commended in the Theatre category at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival.