Following the success of Time Capsule in August 2018, when 60 children came together to create an opera in five days, The Grange Festival will be presenting a second devising project this summer.

Taking the subject of how social media impacts everyday life, we are inviting 60 to 80 young people (aged 13-18 years) to join our award winning professional creative team to debate, devise, rehearse and perform a contemporary opera in just five days.

The process will start with interactive workshops that will encourage everyone to share their views on how we should be presenting ourselves in a chaotic public domain. Working 3 groups (music & drama, dance and design), participants will create a storyline, devise musical material and dances, and design their own set, costumes and props.

Our outstanding creative team will encourage them to work together collaboratively, expand their imaginations and take creative ownership. This journey will result in a performance at The Grange Festival theatre on 9 August at 7pm.

The project will be led by talented director Karen Gillingham – who works with Garsington Opera, Royal Opera House and the BBC – and Richard Taylor, musician/ composer who has extensive experience in education and community with Chichester Festival, ENO and Sheffield Crucible Theatre. They will be joined by the diverse choreographer and Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School, Jessica Wheeler, who brings extensive experience in leadership and pastoral issues, and the designer Rhiannon Newman Brown whose design projects include Secret Cinema, a section of the Opening Ceremony at 2012 London Olympics and Longborough Opera.