Where it all began

Bloom Britannia, Barefoot Opera’s new people’s opera, three years in the making, dramatically interrupted by a pandemic, a home-grown, professional opera inspired by our lives on the South Coast. Coming to the stage in 2021…

How did it all begin?

Barefoot Opera’s new ‘people’s opera’ started life in 2018, when hundreds of people in the towns of Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill took part in singing and discussion workshops.

The creative team met people from all walks of life, gaining a rich perspective on what it means to live in a town on the South Coast today. People learned how to write songs, improvise, and sing together. The team took away all of these insights and developed our brand new opera – ‘Bloom Britannia’. It tells the story of a fictional regeneration competition on the South Coast, on the day the winning town is to be decided. With hen parties, dodgy dealings on the seafront, and scandalous secret affairs, mayhem is guaranteed!

In 2019, with funding from the Arts Council of England, we staged a 30-minute experimental segment at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-sea, with over a hundred performers, a live audience of nearly 400, and a live-streamed audience of over 3,000.

It is thanks to the great support we have had that Bloom Britannia came to life!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, especially the Arts Council for their great support during the pandemic!

You can still support Bloom Britannia here…

Get involved

We invite you to take part in Bloom Britannia, our thrilling new music project set in the here and now.

Music rehearsals have been shifted to begin in late March 2021… and our full production will be during the latter half of October. Whether you have taken part in the opera’s development or if you are new to the project, you have the opportunity to be part of this ground-breaking new show.

Bloom Britannia schedule

This year our grand schedule, as with so many plans, was wiped out by the pandemic.  With the Arts Council’s and Barefoot Opera Trustees’ support, our team has created a new schedule for 2021. Do you want to find out more? Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Bloom Britannia feedback

The feedback from everyone involved so far has been terrific…
“This was a wonderful experience!”
“I am so thrilled to be part of this opera – thank you!”
“I absolutely loved it”
“Exhilarating, positive, thrilled to have done it!”

Poppy Martin, one of the children taking part in Bloom Britannia, at a preview performance at the De La Warr Pavilion, April 2019.