Laura Attridge is a dynamic young maker of opera and theatre, with a passion for collaborative creative work and an artistic vision which aims to balance integrity and innovation. She is the founder and Artistic Director of And So Forth (ASF), a company dedicated to interdisciplinary exploration and the facilitation of dialogue between the very best emerging artists in opera and theatre. Laura directed and co-wrote ASF’s inaugural production, Damsel/Wife/Witch, a piece challenging contemporary gender expectations through fairy tale, for two actors and a mezzo-soprano.
As a writer, Laura has had poetry published in prestigious magazines and zines including The Rialto and Mslexia, and was recently in residence at the Tate Modern Exchange with Arvon, creating new writing in response to visual art. Her song cycles have been premiered at Glyndebourne, the Royal College of Music (RCM), the National Gallery and Bard College (New York). With First Class Honours in English Literature from Newcastle University and postgraduate training in Vocal Studies from the RCM, her love of the relationship between words and music has led to many fruitful collaborations with composers. Notably, Laura’s ongoing creative partnership with composer Lewis Murphy has thus far produced numerous works for the stage: Now (2014, RCM and Tête-à-Tête Festival), Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015, ASF), and Belongings (premiering 2017, Glyndebourne). Laura and Lewis are now working on a new commission from Scottish Opera for 2018, entitled Then to the elements. Other upcoming writing projects for Laura include a commission from the Helios Collective and Hampshire Cultural Trust for a new interdisciplinary piece about the life of Jane Austen, set to premiere at the Grange Festival later this year.