Free unticketed performances of a professional opera in a modern, accessible style inspired by local Londoner’s stories.
• Promenade performances in different locations in collaboration with local businesses around Merton and Hackney for the Grimeborn Opera Festival
• Baseless Fabric collaborate with Surrey based composer Greg Harradine who received the 2014 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award.
Following the success of sell-out runs of A First Class Death at VAULT Festival and A Secret Life at Theatre 503, promenade theatre company Baseless Fabric are creating a new street opera for their local area Merton and for the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.
The Arts Council funded production has enabled Baseless Fabric to engage approximately 500 people aged 6-90 across the whole borough of Merton, gathering stories, memories and ideas in interviews and workshops through partnering with Merton Music Foundation, Wimbledon Guild, Merton & Morden Guild, St Marks Academy, Wimbledon Cancer Friendship Group, New Horizon Community Centre & others.
The story is everyday, about friendship and how life changes can pull us apart or make us stronger. It is inspired by the real issues of real people we’ve spoken to; the words are clear so that audiences not used to hearing opera can easily hear the words; and the free unticketed performances will take place on the street, bringing opera directly to people’s own lives, so introducing new audiences to the art form.
There will be 10 performances in different locations across the borough of Merton and 2 performances at the prestigious Grimeborn Opera Festival at the Arcola Theatre to make local people’s stories part of a major opera festival.
26 – 29 & 31 July 2016 Performances taking place in Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Morden and Mitcham town centres and other locations across the borough of Merton
30 July Performances as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival: 3.30pm and 6pm Dalston Square