The Elephant Angel is a new opera that has been commissioned by Scottish Opera’s Education department. It’s a heart-warming wartime tale for audiences of all ages with music by composer Gareth Williams and words by acclaimed novelist Bernard MacLaverty. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of a lady zookeeper who takes a baby elephant home with her each night during the Belfast Blitz, looking after it and keeping it safe with the help of the children who live near by.
The Elephant Angel is performed by professional singers and musicians from Scottish Opera, and 5 singers from our Connect Chorus – aspiring young singers training with the Company before embarking on further studies. Each performance also involves around 60 local schoolchildren. Some of the group will work with Scottish Opera’s experts to help run the performances, and the others will form a chorus of 30 who will create their own elements of the show especially for their local community.
It’s1941 and the Blitz is edging ever closer to Belfast. New keeper at the city’s zoo Miss Austin takes an immediate shine to shy baby elephant Sheila, and while she battles to win over the brusque Head Zookeeper, a firm friendship with Sheila forms. As fears of deadly bombing raids grow Miss Austin hatches a plan to walk Sheila home to her terraced house each night to look after her. Helped by local children who play and sing in the streets around the zoo, Miss Austin and Sheila make their secret journey, but can Miss Austin’s back yard really keep Sheila safe, or will they be discovered? Meanwhile, the Head Zookeeper has other worries on his mind, as government officials begin to question whether a zoo under threat of bombing should have any wild animals at all…
The Elephant Angel will appeal to audiences of all ages. Opera and music lovers, musical attenders and previous Scottish Opera attenders should all equally enjoy it as it has all the quality and production values of a normal Scottish Opera performance.
We would suggest an age guide of 7+ for this performance. There are some wartime scenes that may be distressing for younger children.
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