The looking screen



Amy Payne Looking Screen november 2014

 “A wonderful musical tale of attraction, love and despair in the internet age” - 
Three weeks ★★★★

Amy Payne (mezzo-soprano) & Elizabeth Challenger (piano)
composer Anne Chmelewsky



30 (NOTE now sold out!)  31 October & 1 November 20.30 


Koninklijke Schouwburg - Het Paradijs
Korte Voorhout 2
2511 CW The Hague

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Full Price (incl drink) € 24,50
Students (incl drink) € 12,50
CJP (incl drink) € 10,00

NOTE LAMIDISC holders can call on the day of the performance to reserve their tickets, subj. to availablity

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Amy Payne
Annabel is 27 and her life is a continuous status update. She has refined and cultivated her profile on all available social media to attract the attention of Sebastian, her dishy colleague. Through the Looking Screen is an affectionate but unflinching operatic portrayal of an increasingly desperate young woman losing touch with the world beyond her PC and smartphone. Annabel’s life is a tragi-comic tale of our times.

“Thought provoking and funny”   
★★★★ Fringe Review

"A breath of fresh air" ★★★★ West End Frame 

"A pitch perfect operetta. Stunning Show.” Metro August 2012

"I simply loved it". Paul Guest, Huffington Post 


About the composer and musicians:
Anne Chemelewsky studied composition at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before embarking on a masters in film composition at the Royal College of Music. Her one woman comedy-opera about social networking, ThroughThe Looking Screen, sold out its pre Edinburgh previews in London in 2012 and has since been performed at the Bush Theatre as part of Radar Festival London. Anne is currently producing the music for Ricky Gervais' Derek (Channel 4), and has just finished composing the music for a new production of Aristophanes' Clouds at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Through The Looking Screen recently performed to sell-out houses in London with Amy Payne in the part of Annabelle.


Amy J Payne – mezzo-soprano Trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in vocal and opera studies. Whilst at GSMD, she was awarded the prestigious English Song Prize and won The Susan Longfield Competition. Amy is a Samling Scholar and holds a Bachelor Honours degree in French and German from King’s College, London.
Despite her young age, Amy has already had an impressive career which includes opera and music theatre, performing both in Britain and on the continent. She has worked with a number of prestigious companies, including, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Charles Court Opera, the Scottish Opera, the Mid Wales Opera and at the Musique Cordiale Festival in France..

Elizabeth Challenger (pianist) Elizabeth studied piano at the Conservatoire near Paris, where she was awarded such a high distinction in her final recital that she gained special congratulations from the examining panel. She then moved to London, where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, obtaining her degree in 2005. She received a Masters in piano accompaniment with Distinctions at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2012, and was awarded the ‘highly commendedʼ prize for both the Webb Award and the Richard Lewis Competition.
Since 2013, Elizabeth has been PopUp Opera’s accompanist, performing in unconventional venues across the UK