Lliam Paterson

Fox-tot!

WORLD PREMIERE
A new co-commission with Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels
& New Commissions Circle

Following the enormous popularity of BambinO, composer Lliam Paterson is back with a brand new opera for 12 to 24 month olds. 

Lliam, director Roxana Haines and designers Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017) have created a show that is full of imagination – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world.

‘It's a show that places its audience at the centre (quite literally at times), never once condescending, but always gently challenging small ears and eyes.’ The List, 2019

A little fox is sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures. Stretched out in the sun as a cat, soaring in the sky as a butterfly... it’s fun to be someone else. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey from the shadows, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

Set in a woodland world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and puppetry is an interactive experience for small people and their adults to enjoy together. Performed by two singers, a cellist and a percussionist, Paterson’s score draws on influences from French Baroque dances to contemporary opera – all cleverly re-imagined for an audience at the very start of their musical lives. 

Running time approx. 45 mins

 This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Cast & Creative Team

Mezzo-soprano
Katie Grosset

Countertenor
Daniel Keating-Roberts

Cello
Laura Sergeant

Percussion
Michael D Clark

Director
Roxana Haines

Designers
Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli

Puppet Designer
Mervyn Millar for Significant Object

What the press said

'A show that places its audience at the centre (quite literally at times), never once condescending, but always gently challenging small ears and eyes.'  The List

'The musical score was a wonderful and gentle introduction to opera for tiny ears and the story struck the right balance of simple yet imaginative, perfect for its target audience.' ★ Edinburgh Festivals for Kids

★★★★ Broadway Baby 

★★★★ The Scotsman 
★★★★ The Herald 
★★★★ The Daily Mail 

With thanks to the following people for their help with the Research and Development of Fox-tot! :

Jennifer Bates, Julie Burns, Caitlyn Fergusson, Marie Hart, Katie Hutcheson, Piran Legg, Karen McIver, Douglas Nairn, Steinvor Palsson and Benjamin Williamson