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Sunday 12 February
IN A NUTSHELL
Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose presents fun, feisty and family-friendly new opera.
Fourteen-year-old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat ‘The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.
All is not plain sailing, as our heroine encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey, including Cy-ops, a one-eyed, over-keen robotic customs official, and Sylla, a dangerous sea creature whose body and mind have been horribly twisted by radioactive rubbish dumped into the ocean.
This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanna Brodie, directed by OperaUpClose’s Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido & Aeneas) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013).
Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and real life teenagers Lara Dekker and Jessica Watson; this show includes live music and puppetry, an inspirational heroine, playful references to classical literature and pop culture, and a strong environmental message.
WHAT TO EXPECT
OperaUpClose will be delivering an interactive workshop directly before the performance, to enable children from as young as seven years old to feel confident about opera, develop their music and drama skills and explore the themes of the production, which include humans' impact on the environment. After the workshop some of the finest singers and instrumentalists in the UK will perform Ulla's Odyssey for the children. The performance features five singers, a pianist and woodwind instrumentalist, and of course, Binnacle the puppet cat.
Composer Anthony Young
Librettist Leanna Brodie
Director Valentina Ceschi
Musical Director Alex Beetschen
Puppet Designer & Director Matt Hutchinson
Set & Costume Designer Faye Bradley
Lighting Designer Andrew May
Assistant Director Camilla Ceschi
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Suitable for ages 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.
This event is wheelchair accessible.