Why this opera needs to happen!
In this current climate of political, social and cultural disunion, how can we reconnect to each other? What do we have in common? How can we move forward?
With this new work, we want to explore these fundamental questions, by allowing the fabric of our ordinary lives to take centre-stage. We have brought together a remarkable core team:
- Orlando Gough composes
- Stephen Plaice develops the libretto
- Polly Graham directs
- Jenny Miller leads a group of talented and diverse young professional artists.
Our town has huge energy, huge potential, and huge talent. We are also diverse, eclectic, and sometimes dangerously divided. Music is the great connector. Our vision is to take inspiration from the immediate comedies and tragedies of our individual lives, to partake in an opera for our times, an opera about social cohesion, and about how we fit in the world.
What’s happened so far?
In March and April 2018, 240 people of all sizes, ages, shapes, colours, religions, non-religions, music-makers, cake-eaters, time busters, time blowers, time sharers came together in a glorious medley of 27 musical and talking workshops, to inspire this project. Our video gives you the feeling of the energy possible when a town gets together to support a new piece of music theatre.
The Arts Council, along with local charities Sussex Giving, Magdalen and Lasher and the Cliff Trust, wonderfully helped us to start.
What’s happening next?
The De La Warr Pavilion is hosting the next stage of this brilliant project on April 28th 2019: a short platform performance of the new work we have all inspired Orlando and Stephen to write. Up to 200 participants, with special tickets available to their family & friends, as well as s panel of industry professionals, will be able to first experience the performance and then feedback in an open forum after the show. We want this to be a great work that speaks not just to our community but to many similar coastal communities up and down Britain. With our care over this segment of the piece, we can then confidently move to get the whole piece written - but that's another year!
Why Orlando Gough and Stephen Plaice?
We are lucky to be working with two of the LEADING EXPONENTS in this field. It is fun and instantly rewarding to improvise, try out ideas together, and give ourselves some creative play. It is developmental too. However we want to move a giant step further, and assist in the creation of a truly significant music/theatre piece, that will have colour, vibrancy and rich human experience woven into it with an expertise that only great artists can offer.
How can you help?
With £5,500 Orlando and Stephen can write and compose this next large segment of new opera. We need this fast! They need to write so that we can all work on the music in April 2019. We are applying for Arts Council and other funding to take on the further costs, so it is this crucial first step that will propel this project.
Photo Credit: Chris Parkin
Video Credit: Red Kite
Risks and challenges
We have just had the GREAT news that the Arts Council will definitely back us - but they want us to show we have our other funding in place, INCLUDING the £5,500 we are aiming for in this Kickstarter. So your contribution will help to guarantee the substantial, indeed crucial, Arts council support this project needs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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