From April 2009 Opera North Education has been working in artistic partnership withStreetwise Operawith the aim to help homeless people with confidence and creativity through the use of music.

On Thursday 30 June Streetwise Opera’s new commission Fables – A Film Opera, a part-film, part-opera will have its Manchester premiere as part of Not Part of Festival. 140 homeless people from Manchester and Nottingham will perform alongside four seven-minute films based on fables, including The Boy who Cried Wolf, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose and Shinishi Hoshi’s Hey! Come on Out!

Ahead of the performance Ellie Raymont from Streetwise Opera and Opera North Education Officer, Jo Bedford talk about how the project has made a difference to those involved.

Ellie Raymont, Streetwise opera Liaison & Communications Officer:

“The group has progressed leaps and bounds in their singing and acting skills since we first started working with them in 2009 and I know they’re looking forward to performing for a home crowd in Manchester. Each person brings their own stamp to the show, which is what Streetwise Opera performances are all about for me; working together but never losing your individuality.

This is perhaps the last time Fables will be screened with a large-scale live performance from the stars of the show and I’m really excited to see how the Manchester and Nottingham groups take up the challenge.

Director Emma Bernard’s script tells the story of Streetwise Opera and the creation of Fables in such a wonderful way; if anyone has ever been curious about the power of singing then you should see this show!”

Jo Bedford, Education Officer and Project manager of Streetwise:

“Speaking to members of the Manchester group, I know that performing Fables for the first time, was an experience they’ll never forget. For some, it was life-changing and it’s great that they’ll have an opportunity to perform their fable again to a whole new audience.”

Fables – A Film Opera will be showing at Zion Arts Centre, Manchester on Thurs 30 June.

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