A new opera by John Barber, Hazel Gould and the Nottingham Streetwise Opera Performers
Streetwise Opera continues its Little Opera Season (new
opera commissions being created with Streetwise groups resident in the
North East, Nottingham and London).with the second of three 30-minute
operas. To the Silkwood Tree is partly devised with the
performers themselves and collaboration is at the heart of composer
John Barber’s philosophy. His work involves devising and leading
projects that bring professional performers together with
non-professionals of all ages and abilities. His partner on this
project is writer/director Hazel Gould with whom he has worked for a
number of years. They share a love of fables, myths and fairy
stories and To the Silkwood Tree is a timeless tale about a
journey through the darkness to find redemption which aims to send the
audience away with a lift in its heart.
A traveller faces a long,
uncertain road to an unknown destination; the weather is drawing in
but he won’t stop searching for a better place. The whisper of a
song in his ear won’t let him rest. Will he find the place he’s
been dreaming of?
Composer John Barber follows the opera with a
performance by his alt-folk band Firefly Burning (with himself on
piano) as part of the Saturday night Cafe.Bar.Live programme.
Streetwise Opera production of To the Silkwood
Tree takes place on May 16 at Nottingham