Scottish Opera’s much-loved Pop-up Opera is back on the road in 2017, and takes to the waves on Scotland's first floating opera house, the converted pilot cutter Murray McDavid, kindly provided by Murray McDavid Scotch Whisky.
Pop-up audiences can catch three 25-minute shows this year; A Little Bit of La bohème, A Little Bit of Pirates of Penzance and A Little Bit of Bubble McBea, which is for children aged four to seven. Each bite-sized production is brought to life by a narrator, singers, musicians and a series of colourful illustrations.
Scottish Opera’s fully accessible travelling opera house – a specially adapted trailer designed to look like a miniature Theatre Royal Glasgow – is the venue for all three productions at festivals and events across Scotland.
This year, there will also be performances of A Little Bit of Pirates of Penzance and A Little Bit of Bubble McBea on the converted pilot cutter Murray McDavid – sailing into marinas 'doon the watter' throughout Summer. The public performances on the Murray McDavid will be complemented with special shows for schools in marinas down the Clyde, enabling Scottish Opera to extend its reach into communities it has not previously visited.
From 26 May to 1 July 2017, Pop-up Opera tours on land and sea to destinations including Perth Arts Festival, Mount Stuart Isle of Bute, Prestwick, Girvan, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Port Bannatyne Marina, Portavadie Marina, Troon Yacht Haven, Clyde Marina Ardrossan, Largs Yacht Haven, Theatre Modo Peterhead, Pollok House Glasgow, Haddington Show and on board The Tall Ship, Glasgow. There are also schools performances in Glasgow, Rhu, Greenock, Troon, Ardrossan, Perth, Rothesay and Peterhead.