PRN: Community of Bridlington Celebrates Beach Life
Community of Bridlington Celebrates Beach Life
BRIDLINGTON, England, July 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
"I feel like a rock star" sums it up for Bailey, aged 5, who starred as a fish in Saturday's performance of BeachedÂ at the Bridlington Spa. Another participant, Peter, aged 68, commented, "The experience is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life".
Opera North's community operaÂ Beached,Â written by composer Harvey Brough to a text by Lee Hall, was performed twice on Saturday by hundreds of local residents. Performers spanning ages 2-82, took part in the creative, innovative and liberating show based around 'a day at the beach'Â in the small seaside town of Bridlington.
Some of the highlights of the one and a half hour production included old ladies whizzing around the 'sand' on mobility scooters, thirty toddlers dressed as sea creatures and outstanding performances from local community members.
Comments Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North:
"Harvey Brough and Lee Hall are incredible writers and Opera North was delighted to be able to engage artists with such high profiles and credibility for our community project - this is something to celebrate."
"We commissioned a new piece of work with the knowledge that it would be bold and exciting and in the current economic climate where works like this are few and far between, we took a brave step to nurture and broaden the artistic landscape of this community and the talent within it."
"The last two years are a fantastic achievement - we have worked with over 2,700 individuals looking at how singing can be used to address important local issues, such as regeneration. Beached has been a wonderful opportunity for many of those people to come together and celebrate their town and what they have done together. We hope that firm foundations have now been laid for Bridlington to continue its singing journey."
The performances of Beached were made up of the following:
Two Years of Highlights:
BeachedÂ was performed at The Spa, Bridlington on Saturday 16 July 2011 at 2pm and 6pm.
Notes to editors:
In 2009 Opera North received funding from Sing Up, the Music Manifesto's National Singing Programme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Yorkshire Forward to run a large-scale programme of singing and creative activity in the town.
The programme aimed to provide access to high quality singing activity for local people of all ages, and promote the benefits of singing through fun, engaging and sociable activities that enhance quality of life.