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Children & Family, Theatre & Dance, Live Music

OperaUpClose: Ulla's Odyssey 

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Sun 7 May | 2pm & 6pm | Tickets £12.50 (£7.50) | Theatre | Age 7+

Olivier-Award winning OperaUpClose present their fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey.

Fourteen-year-old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat ‘The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.

All is not plain sailing, as our heroine encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey, including Cy-ops, a one-eyed, over-keen robotic customs official, and Sylla, a dangerous sea creature whose body and mind have been horribly twisted by radioactive rubbish dumped into the ocean. Meanwhile the voices of the Sirens, Ulla’s friends and family, call out to her from across the waves, tempting her to give up her lonely voyage and come home.

This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanna Brodie, directed by OperaUpClose’s Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido & Aeneas) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013). The production originally opened at Kings Place in London, 2015.

The show is inspired by Homer's Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

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"A children’s opera approached with grown-up values"

The Stage

​Ulla’s Big Day Out Workshop

Make a day of it with Ulla’s Odyssey’s brilliant interactive workshop! Led by the talented members of the Ulla's Odyssey cast and creative team, this workshop will enrich your child's experience of the live performance and deepen their understanding of opera as an art form. Learn all about the sounds and songs of the sea, and pick up some puppetry and musical skills along the way. This one-hour workshop, designed for 7-11 year olds (KS2), is a fun and interactive experience that will allow children to get the most out of the performance.

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