The cast of Beached spirits weren’t dampened by typical British rain on Saturday as they brought sun, sea, sand and singing to The Spa, Bridlington for two successful performances.

Opera North’s community opera Beached, written by composer Harvey Brough to a text by Lee Hall, was performed twice on Saturday by hundreds of local residents. Performers spanning ages 2-82, took part in the creative, innovative and liberating show based around ‘a day at the beach’.

Some of the highlights of the one and a half hour production included OAPs whizzing around the ‘sand’ on mobility scooters, thirty toddlers dressed as sea creatures and outstanding performances from local community members.

Audience member Glen Lee from Hull said: “I loved ‘Beached’. It was really interesting to read in the programme about how much work Opera North has done in Bridlington – I don’t think I have seen anything before in which such a range of ages and abilities have worked together to produce such a witty, pacey and musically exciting performance.”

Richard Burkhard, tenor, (right) as the Dad, with Amy Wood as Sandra (seated) and Andrew Studholme as Jimmy (left)


Members of the Community Chorus as Grandparents


Yob and Granny unite on mobility scooter


Pupils from Bay Primary School as Sea Creatures