“Inside/outside” is a metaphor to express on one hand the ambiguity of the Turn of the screw characters’ personalities who are torn between their inside feeling and what the outside world wants to impose on them. On the other hand, it expresses a spatial duality between the “refuge” of Bly as imagined by the governess and the outside perverse world, here represented by the context of the urban area of Hackney. As a hotchpotch social and cultural place, Hackney, its inhabitants and the audience, represent all the perversion that the governess imagines with the apparition of ghosts and wants to hide to Miles and Flora. The children’s characters are constantly moving between the two worlds, and so they are performed here by two actors for each character, one located inside the theatre and the other placed outside in the city.
During the opera, the musicians and technicians located outside the « refuge », will manipulate the membrane (representing the village of Bly), reduce its size and finally drop the membrane at the moment of Miles’ death, to represent the destruction of the “refuge”.