Rocking Horse Winner

The Award-Winning Production Returns

Libretto by Anna Chatterton | Music by Gareth Williams | Direction by Michael Hidetoshi Mori | Music Direction by Kamna Gupta | Set Design by Camellia Koo | Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay | Costume Design by Ming Wong


“There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love, and the love turned to dust…Only she herself knew that at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody.”

D.H. Lawrence

Tapestry Opera’s award-winning original cast and production of Rocking Horse Winner explores the relationship between Paul, a young man with developmental challenges, and Ava, his emotionally distant mother. Abandoned by her husband, Ava is locked in a spiral of depression and material longing that leaves her in a constant state of regret and despair. Paul becomes obsessed with fixing the family’s financial “bad luck” in order to pull his mother out of her anguish and prove his worthiness .His obsession creates a strange magic that both connects him to luck and fortune and makes him vulnerable to powerful voices only he can hear.

Stage Door writes, “The admirable succinctness of Chatterton’s libretto combined with the variety and allure of Williams’ music makes this a work that deserves to find the widest success.” The Globe and Mail attests, “Gareth Williams’s score is so evocative and beautiful, tender when need be, raucous at other times, using a modern language that is never jarring or dissonant. Same for Chatterton’s libretto – spare and economical, but with enough theatricality for its audience to hang onto.” 

An intimate, psychologically insightful look at love, luck, and greed, Rocking Horse Winner received 5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding Male Performance by Asitha Tennekoon, Outstanding Direction by Michael Mori, Outstanding Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Production for its 2016 World Premiere production.

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  • Anna Chatterton: Libretto
  • Gareth Williams: Music


Creative Team

  • Kamna Gupta: Music Director
  • Camellia Koo: Set Design
  • Michelle Ramsay: Lighting Design
  • Ming Wong: Costume Design