Welcome to our first online opera for kids!
There are 5 songs in Fever! Each Monday, we’ll be posting a new set of exciting activities that work through them, song by song, including:
- lyrics and teaching guides to learn each song
- videos that teach some moves to go with them
- creative writing and science tasks to try
- tips to make simple props and costumes
Over the 5 weeks, you'll learn the whole thing!
Music Alan Penman Words Allan Dunn
Illustrations Iain Piercy
Some people think opera is only about things that happened a long time ago. Well, this opera is all about a young boy who is struck down by a mystery illness and rushed to hospital. Sound familiar? Outside, the paparazzi demand answers. What is this disease? How is it transmitted and how can it be cured? But the busy medics have no time to talk; they need to get on with finding a vaccine.
Meanwhile, an epic battle is taking place inside the boy’s body as the opposing forces of Good and Bad Bacteria fight to gain control of his immune system… Will he find the strength to overcome his internal enemy? Will the medics find a cure? And will the media folks make it all up anyway, just to get a good headline?
You can join us in making this funny and fast moving story come to life. You'll find out all about infections and viruses and how your body fights them. You'll also find out about about Fake News and why it’s so important to understand that not everything you read on the internet is true…
So get stuck in and let us know how you're getting on on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Animateurs Lucy Hutchison & Alan McKenzie
Storyteller Callum Piercy
Teaching Resources Sue Moody & Alison Wood
Original Backing Track Vocalists Nicola Auld, James Dinsmore & Debra Stuart
Before you start...
We've put together some information about the different characters in Fever! along with some top tips about what costumes and props you might find or make, depending on which characters you decide you want to play. Have fun!
Song 1 - The Temperature is Rising
Fever! Chapter 1
Fever! Song 1 - The Temperature is Rising
Song 2 - Internal Affairs
Fever! Chapter 2
Fever! Song 2 - Internal Affairs
Song 3 - What's up, Doc?
Fever! Chapter 3
Fever! Song 3 - What's Up Doc?
Song 4 - Fight to the Death
Fever! Chapter 4
Fever! Song 4 - Fight to the Death!
Song 5 - In Sickness and in Health
Fever! Chapter 5
Fever! Song 5 - In Sickness and in Health
Part 1 - Fever!
Part 2 - The Temperature is Rising
Part 3 - It's Not That Simple
Part 4 - Internal Affairs
Part 5 - Pressing Matters
Part 6 - What's Up, Doc?
Part 7 - Eureka!
Part 8 - Fight to the Death
Putting it all together
On Monday 22 June 2020 we performed a special, live-streamed performance of the full show.
Watch a replay of the live stream here and join in with the songs!
You can watch the final film below with presenters Alan and Lucy, featuring clips from our fantastic young performers.