‘Swindon: The Opera’, a musical extravaganza which promises to be fun, informative and unmissable is just a week away from being performed at the STEAM Museum.
Over twenty songs reflecting the decades have been written by Matt Fox, Trustee of the JTP Trust, with music by internationally acclaimed composer Betty Roe MBE. Narrated by Polly Leech, the Swindon Music Festival Supreme Champion 2011, the Diana Dors double will be centre stage in the show which charts Swindon’s history since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. The cast is made up of 100 local performers who are keen to tell Swindon’s story and put Swindon on the cultural map.
Theatre goers can expect an evening showcasing the arts in Swindon which will include a smorgasbord of art exhibitions in the foyer from local artists Ken White, Billy Beaumont, Nick Smith, Gordon Dickinson and Puttyfoot Photography. The show itself will be acted out on a colossal custom built stage with the support of a nine piece band of local musicians. During the interval, icecream made by Swindon’s only icecream makers, Ray’s Icecream, based in Swindon’s Old Town, can be devoured.
Matt Fox, librettist, commented “We’re delighted that everything is coming together and the cast are excited to perform something fun and contemporary which will tell the story of their home town over the past 60 years. The show has songs for all musical tastes and is not purely opera. There are operatic elements to the show but we thought it only right to cover all genres of music for the publics enjoyment.” He added “I wrote the piece with families in mind and hope it will be enjoyed by local families. It will be a great way of learning the town’s history.”
Publicity has spread nationally for the BIG Lottery funded project, with a recent visit to the Royal Garden Party, a review in The Independent on Sunday by Janet Street- Porter and a transmission planned on BBC1 Breakfast News for Wednesday 4 July 2012 at 6:50hrs, 7:50hrs and 8:50hrs.
‘Swindon: The Opera’ will be performed twice daily on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July 2012. To purchase tickets visit www.swindontickets.co.uk. Evening performances are just ｣10 with ｣5 tickets available for the under 13s for both matinees.
For further information regarding this unique community project, visit www.swindontheopera.co.uk.