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SensoryO Press Reviews

‘As a seasoned visitor to festival shows and other productions, my daughter Meghan was geared up for SensoryO, the follow up production to BabyO by Scottish Opera. However, at three years old, Meghan is also a performer’s nightmare reviewer – as in she gives you nothing. By now I know to gauge her enjoyment of a performance by how animated she is on the journey home and what she tells Daddy. Using this rule of thumb, SensoryO was a huge success. Aimed at children aged 18-36 months, the show was pitched just right…The music and singing were beautiful, upbeat but not frantic and the train that served as the main musical instrument was simply ingenious…Our journey home took us an hour and we listened to the CD on repeat all the way. At dinner, my husband was taken through the entire performance in minute detail – from the people in pyjamas, to the train that sounded like a drum – nothing was left out. So I apologise to the excellent performers for Meghan glaring at you while you sang your hearts out but know this – you made another great connection and three days later we’re still listening to the CD.’

Nichola Hunter (and daughter Meghan), The Scotsman.



SensoryO is the sister opera to BabyO, the show Scottish Opera produced two years ago. This time it is toddlers who are the target audience. There is more singing, an interactive set and better costumes. There is even a plot. It may not be Tosca, but it is definitely on the path to full-blown opera…Weeks of testing means the show's creators have discerned the right length of performance - 30 minutes - and the right vocabulary for this age group. For the toddlers, it is an early experience of entertainment. They quickly learn when to listen and when to join in. While the measure of an adult show is applause, and perhaps a good review, the success of this show is judged on whether the audience laugh, listen and sing along. Baby O is already one of the most requested shows in the company's repertoire and the signs are good that its sister show will be just as popular.’


Pauline McLean, Arts Correspondent, BBC Scotland