Touring Scotland | Summer 2021Pop-up Opera
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Pop-up Opera continues this Autumn with two shows for audiences of all ages!
Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with intimate open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations.
Immerse yourself in a pint-sized version The Pirates of Penzance, which takes you on an unforgettable journey through the opera's musical and dramatic highlights – in just 30 minutes. Packed with screwball humour, memorable characters, and of course brilliant tongue-twisting tunes, this mini opera is perfect for audiences of all ages.
For our youngest audience members, we've got A Little Bit of Bubble McBea – a magical, musical story for children aged 3 to 7 years.
Safety for all audience members, performers and technical staff has been built into all three productions from the very start. Physical distancing and other safety measures will be observed at all times, with no compromise on your protection – or on your spellbinding operatic experience.
Pop-up Opera is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation (Weston Culture Fund), Backstage Trust, The Cross Trust, The Thistle Trust and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.
(Please check the 'Check dates and book' button on the left to see which shows are available at your chosen venue.)
A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance | Gilbert & Sullivan
A young man bound by an overactive sense of duty, a soft-hearted pirate king with a hopeless band of rogues at his side, a beautiful young girl, a very modern major-general and an ineffectual bevy of policemen add a plot hinging on the technicalities of having a birthday on the 29th of February... What could possibly go wrong?
A Little Bit of Bubble McBea | Music Alan Penman Lyrics Allan Dunn | For children aged 3 to 7 years
Bubble McBea is no ordinary wee girl – she lives on a beautiful Scottish island with her brilliant but eccentric inventor dad, Barnacle, her best friend Shonny the Pony, and a whole host of friends who live both on the land and under the sea. Bubble’s life is about to undergo big changes, so come and join her as she sets out on an adventure to find out who or what is causing the waters around her island to become polluted. Especially relevant in 2021, when Scotland will play host to the world climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow in November, this show is perfect for introducing our youngest citizens, in a gentle, funny and informative way, to environmental issues that impact on us all.
PLUS, DON'T MISS this special workshop as part of the Wigtown Book Festival:
Let's Draw the Undersea World of Bubble McBea | Workshop with Iain Piercy | For children aged 4 to 9 years
An hour-long drawing and illustration workshop for parents and children aged 4 to 9 years led by artist and illustrator Iain Piercy – who created the illustrations for Scottish Opera’s family show A Little Bit of Bubble McBea. If you’ve already attended a performance at this year’s book festival, or even if you haven’t but you’d like to learn how to draw some of the characters in this marvellous musical adventure, then this workshop is for you. All materials will be provided. Bookings via the Wigtown Book Festival website
Cast & creative team
Allan Dunn/Chris Alexander
Andrew Drummond Huggan
Ian Watt/Sasha Savaloni
Otto von Beach/Iain Piercy
What to expect
Already booked your tickets, or thinking about coming to one of our outdoor performances of Pop-up Opera? We're doing everything we can to keep audiences, performers and staff members safe, and we want you to feel assured that we are taking every measure possible to make sure this is the case.
Access to all Pop-up Opera performances will be step-free.
As the show is traveling to multiple locations, we are not able to guarantee that the ground will be suitable for all types of wheelchair or pushchair. We recommend checking with the venue if you have any specific accessibility requirements before traveling.
Our event stewards will direct any groups with wheelchair users to occupy a pod at the end of a row. Please let us know in advance if you require space on the end of a row so that we can reserve this for you. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the show is touring to several outdoor venues, we are not able to guarantee access to toilets or catering facilities, particularly because of the increased vigilance around shared public facilities.
Please check availability and opening times of toilets and baby changing facilities directly with venues as these may be subject to change at short notice due to Government guidelines. These facilities are not managed by Scottish Opera.
Discounts or free tickets are available for:
Children under two (babes in arms)
You do not need to include children under the age of two when selecting your group ticket type. For example, if you are a family of four with one child under the age of two, please select 'Group of 3' as your ticket type.
If you are currently seeking employment, you can get the price of one ticket off your chosen group ticket by using the discount code POPUPJS2021 at checkout. Please note that only one discount code can be used per ticket.
Free tickets are available for disabled patrons who require an essential companion. To claim your free ticket, please first sign up for an account by clicking the 'Sign In' button at the top of the page and following the instructions. When you come to select your 'Other preferences', please tick the box to indicate you require an essential companion. Your discount will then be applied during the checkout process when purchasing your tickets.
Please note that proof of eligibility may be requested upon arrival.
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