At the Statue of Venus / La Voix humaine

After a triumphant run of Bluebeard’s Castle at Grimeborn 2022 (★★★★★ British Theatre), Green Opera returns to Grimeborn with a double-bill of monodramas exploring female identity in a modern world where the technology that connects us can leave us feeling more isolated than ever.

At the Statue of Venus, Jake Heggie

A woman waits by a statue of the Goddess of Love to meet a man she has never seen. Her thoughts and emotions are a jumble of hope, uncertainty and self-doubt. Will he like her? Will she like him? Why did she — a proudly successful woman – allow her friends to convince her that she needed a romantic partner to be fulfilled?

La Voix humaine, Francis Poulenc

A woman talks to her former lover on the telephone. She teases, flirts, promises, lies and pleads. Finally, telling him again and again that she loves him, she drops the receiver…

Cast & Creatives

Eleanor Burke – Director
Elspeth Wilkes – Musical Director/Pianist
Lighting Designer – Ken Cheng
Community Jameel – Co-producer
Nick Rutter – Photography

At the Statue of Venus
Laura Mekhail – Rose

La Voix humaine
Katherine McIndoe – Elle


For every ticket you bought, we planted a tree with Eden Reforestation Projects via our Seats for Seeds scheme.

Grimeborn Festival
24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL

Wednesday 6th September 2023, 7.30pm
Thursday 7th September 2023, 7.30pm
Friday 8th September 2023, 7.30pm
Saturday 9th September 2023, 7.30pm


Tim Hochstrasser

“Both works are beautifully assembled and strike sparks off one another”

“The switchback of passionate love, anger, regret, self-hatred and loss of self-respect is presented with gruesome plausibility”

“It is a fine directorial touch by Eleanor Burke to make ‘Elle’ pregnant, thus giving us and the performer a ready means to understand the extent and fierceness of her desperation, even from the outset of the call.”

Edward Bhesania

“Lucid and absorbingly rich”

At the Statue of Venus “rides the wave of the quick-cutting thoughts: the self-doubt, the awkwardness and also the flashes of humour”

La Voix humaine: “utterly commanding”

“It all leads to a climax in which the pain of loss is overlaid with that of contractions. Is this a loss and a birth, or a double loss?”

© Nick Rutter