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New opera on love and immigration heads to the East End

Keisha Atwell as the Greener and Dickon Gough as Coster in Clocks 1888: the greener

A NEW opera telling a powerful story of love and survival is heading to the East End this spring.

Clocks 1888: the greener plays at the Hackney Empire from next month following a stint at CAST in Doncaster.

The central character is an uneducated but brilliantly clever young mixed race migrant girl - ‘the greener’ who is single-handedly running the towering clock that runs the East End. But when she is discovered by a gentleman explorer they are forced to choose between the worlds they know or each other.

Curators, Brolly, have worked in collaboration with the British Museum archives and collections and Hackney Museum to provide a story that examines immigration, diversity and the hidden stories of East London during the 19th century.

The new opera gives voice to the real East End of immigration, imagination and incredible invention. The production takes the audience on an extraordinary journey into the visually stunning animated world of the clock.

Clocks 1888: the greener will tour to CAST, Doncaster (April 15-16 ) and Hackney Empire, London (April 20 - 22). For more information, visit: or

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