During April 2018 we worked with local children from Balsall Heath to devise a short opera based on “Entanglement! An Entropic Tale” to be performed at the street festival We Are Balsall Heath. This workshop was commissioned by MELA (ACE funded) as part of an initiative to create a stronger dialogue between the residents of the area in Balsall Heath and take ownership of the built environment.
We gave two three hour workshops in which we taught the children and their families about the traditional structures in opera, as well as showcasing some famous arias and chorus’s. We also played some theatrical improvisation games and talked about how we could generate ideas for the music and story (using common operatic themes). Finally we devised three scenes (an overture, a whole scene and a finale) to be performed at the street festival.