In celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary, the Welsh National Opera is coming to London with an opera from acclaimed British composer Iain Bell. David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins will present the libretto of the epic poem In Parenthesis, created by Welsh poet David Jones, who until that publication in 1937 was mainly known for paintings and engravings. Inspired by Jones’s own experiences during the war, the poem is rich with allusions to the history of Welsh and English literature. Posted in Mametz Wood at the Somme during the war Private John Ball and his comrades enter a strange realm, outside of time, dream-like but deadly. Jones creates a strong sense of both, the place and the soldiers’ camaraderie, before ending in mystical fantasy. In Parenthesis offers hope in a place of horror and shows that even in those places a fragile flowering of regeneration and rebirth can be found. With traditional Welsh songs, terror and transcendence this must-see production is both an evocation and a commemoration.