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Bloom Britannia, a people’s opera

St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Friday 22nd October 7.30PM
Saturday 23rd October 7.30PM
Sunday 24th October 4PM 

Composer: ORLANDO GOUGH
Librettist: STEPHEN PLAICE
Director: POLLY GRAHAM
Artistic Director: JENNY MILLER
Conductor: CHRISTOPHER STARK
Assistant conductor: MARK AUSTIN

A day in the life of a seaside town, told by the people who live there.

We invite you to experience Barefoot Opera’s new ‘people’s opera’ BLOOM BRITANNIA, an affectionate, comic opera bringing together influences from folk, pop and jazz. This is an opera, but not as you know it!

FEATURING

  • A chorus of local people from Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill from across the generations.
  • An outstanding professional cast, and an appearance from Glastonbury regular Lekiddo.
  • Live music from the Barefoot Band, led by Lesley Anne Sammons, with accordion, violin, double bass, ukulele.
  • Singers from Hastings Philharmonic Choir, Sound Waves Community Choir, vocal groups All Choired Up, Now and Then, Arts On Prescription, The Seaview Project, Opera South East
  • Pupils from Dudley Infants School and The Hastings Academy

‘A significant contribution to the musical life of our town’

Hastings Online Times

BOOK HERE: Tickets from £10

One extraordinary day in the life of a seaside town

BLOOM BRITANNIA tells the story of one extraordinary day in a fictional coastal town – Melhaven. Festivities – both official and unofficial – have been planned, to impress the judges of a national competition. The day does not run smoothly, and scenes of celebration, merry-making, and general disorder ensure that this is a story we can all relate to and enjoy!

A hilarious, raucous, challenging, action-packed, thrilling production celebrating the joy of singing and the power of music to bring our communities together. 

The culmination of many years of development, with a leading creative team working with the communities of Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill – children, young people and adults – many of whom will be performing on stage alongside an outstanding professional cast and live band. Read more about the development of the project HERE.


BOOK NOW

ALL WELCOME!!
Front stalls: £25
Rear stalls: (raised areas) £22
Gallery: £12 (£10 with discount code)
Gallery Student: £10
Children under 12: £5

FEEL FREE TO DRESS FOR A CELEBRATION, HASTINGS-STYLE!


Cast

MayorNick Morris
PaulineAlice Privett
CassieMarcia Bellamy
Queen VicChiara Vinci
SergeLaurence Panter
EllieAbigail Kelly
MervynLaurence Panter
NushaChiara Vinci
DustinGwion Thomas
JackieSimone Ibbett-Brown
WallyGwion Thomas
Apple JonnyPatrick Kealey
Street SweeperJenny Miller
BuskerBev Lee Harling
TBCLekiddo
Street SweeperJenny Miller
Hen – BellaSimone Ibbett-Brown

The Barefoot Band

Piano: Lesley Anne Sammons
Percussion: Derek Scurll
Trombone: Patrick Kenny
Guitar: Tom Clarkson
Double Bass: Lucy Mulgan
Violin: Ruby Colley
Violin: Bev Lee Harling
Clarinet: George Sleightholme

Accordion: Aine Mcloughlin

Production Team

Assistant Director: Callie Nestleroth
Lighting designer: Ace McCarron
Costume designer: April Dalton
Set designer: Peter Fillingham, working with Project Art Works
Production Manager: Jon Tyrrell
Stage Manager: Zo Morgan


DEVELOPED WITH FUNDING FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND, BATLEY HIBBERT TRUST, THE MAGDALEN AND LASHER CHARITY, SUSSEX COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, HASTINGS BOROUGH COUNCIL AND THE GOOD GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE

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