35mm still from ‘History of the Present’ featuring person's head overlayed with aerial scenes of Belfast.

Maria Fusco & Margaret Salmon: History of the Present

The Queen’s Hall

(*SOLD OUT*) Join us for the world premiere performance screening of History of the Present featuring live improvisation from percussionist Angela Wai Nok Hui. The opera-film is co-directed by Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon, with new music by Annea Lockwood and vocal work by Héloïse Werner.

This experimental opera-film forefronts working-class women’s voices to ask: who has the right to speak and in what way? Layering sociological, cultural, and political themes from the recent history of Northern Ireland, the work exercises voice, breath and field-recording composition through a range of film techniques and operatic articulations, amplifying marginalised stories.

Written and co-directed by Maria Fusco, who grew up beside a peace-line in Belfast during The Troubles, the work commemorates the 25th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement.

We are offering a free, dedicated bus service from The Queen’s Hall to the EAF Launch Party at The Biscuit Factory following the performance screening. *Please be aware there are a LIMITED number of spaces on this bus and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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This performance is supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals EXPO Fund and EventScotland. History of the Present’s creative partner for this event is Scottish Opera. It is funded by British Council, Creative Scotland, the Royal Opera House with support from Abbey Theatre/ Amharclann na Mainistreach. Creative partners are Belfast International Arts Festival, Glasgow Women’s Library, and The Global Women’s Narrative Project and The MAC.


Maria Fusco & Margaret Salmon: History of the Present

Date & Time

Friday 11 August



The Queen’s Hall

85–89 Clerk St, EH8 9JG

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Visitor information

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Hearing Loop
Header image credit: Maria Fusco & Margaret Salmon, History of the Present (film still), 2023. Courtesy of the artists.

Sunday Salon Series: Maria Fusco, Margaret Salmon & Kim McAleese

In this collaboration with Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival, Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon speak to Kim McAleese, Director of EAF, about their work that foregrounds working class women’s voices.

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The Queen’s Hall

85–89 Clerk St, EH8 9JG