Royal & Derngate and English Touring Opera present SCENE INSEEN

As part of its Made in Northampton season, Royal & Derngate today launched Scene Unseen, an intimate cabaret by Jessica Walker and Joseph Atkinsdirected for the cinema by the artistic director of the theater James Dacre with illustrations by award-winning illustrator Thomas Hicks and photography by David Lefeber.

A Royal & Derngate, Northampton and English Touring Opera co-production, Scene Unseen is a cutting-edge new musical about identity, sexuality and what makes us who we are, available online on ETO Home from 9am on Monday, September 12.

An hour-long song cycle weaves the path of a cabaret artist Jessica Walkerfrom emotionally complex childhood to her very special wedding day, with songs about early gender confusion, sexual assault, first love and betrayal, and family secrets. It’s a powerful, personal story with universal themes, expressed through Atkins and Walker’s unclassifiable musical blend of humor, classicism, flare and a touch of ’80s synth.

Scene Unseen is filmed by David Lefeber, known for his previous filmed collaborations with Harrison Birtwistle, Brian Ferneyhough and George Benjamin. Artwork and animation are by Tom Hicks, whose extensive credits include music videos for Paul McCartneySkunk Anansie, Newton Faulkner and Gravenhurst. It is led by James Dacrewhose recent productions include Blue/Orange, The Pope and Olivier-nominated Notre-Dame de Kibeho.

Singer, writer and actor Jessica Walker is known for her genre-defying performances. His creative partnership with the composer and pianist Joseph Atkins includes Songs for Our Times for Lichfield Festival, Not Such Quiet Girls for Opera North and Leeds Playhouse, and All I Want is One Night for RET and Broadway Britswhere it was the New York Times critic’s choice.

Scene Unseen is available online on English Touring Opera’s video platform, ETO at Home from September 12 for three months until November 12. Visit for more details.