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Ulla’s Odyssey


Sun 30 April 2017

In their fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey, Olivier-Award winning OperaUpClose tell the story of fourteen-year-old Ulla as she attempts 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.

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). The production originally opened at Kings Place in London, 2015.

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.

Suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

A children’s opera approached with grown-up values
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DON'T MISS! Ulla's Big Day Out

Make a day of it with Ulla’s Odyssey’s FREE interactive workshop! Led by singers and musicians from the Ulla's Odyssey cast, this workshop will help children get the most out of the performance by deepening their understanding of opera as an art form. This 45-minute interactive workshop designed for 7-11 year olds focuses on various aspects of opera, such as how different musical instruments change the mood, how opera singers use their voices, how the design helps the story (e.g. with a puppet cat!), and how opera can illuminate issues like pollution, migration and global responsibility. Children will have fun and learn to use their own voices to speak out and sing out. To book free places on either workshop, which take place at 11.30am before the 1pm show and at 4.30pm before the 6pm show, simply inform the box office when booking on 020 8858 7755.

Presented by: OperaUpClose
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
Cast Includes: Sarah Minns, Flora McIntosh, Edward Hughes, Pamela Hay, Oskar McCarthy
Piano: Alex Beetschen
Woodwind Instrumentalist:
Ruth Whybrow
Performance times: 1pm & 6pm
Ticket prices: £16, Concessions £13.50, Children £11
(£15, £12.50 & £10 tickets plus £1 booking fee)
Suitable for ages: 7+

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