What and who are the legends of Newport? Are there mythological beasts that once roamed the shores of the Usk? Is there a Maindee community member who bravely saved someone’s life? What old stories do grandparents tell their grandchildren in Pillgwennlly?
Over the next 12 months, we will be uncovering the legends of Newport working with local young people. Each legends will be transformed into a performance that brings together music, storytelling, design and drama – all the ingredients of opera.
Our young opera creators will work with composers, directors and opera singers to create their legends and share them with their communities.
The Legend of the Flood: September – December 2016
St Michaels Primary School with director Rhian Hutchings and Composer Helen Woods
The Legend of Tom Prothero: January – March 2017
Clytha Primary school with director Hannah Noone and composer Richard Barnard.
The Legends of Twm Barlwm: March – July 2017
St Woolos Primary School with director Pip Reeves and composer Stacey Blythe
The Legends of Maindee: December 2016 – July 2017
Various groups from Maindee with director Polly Graham and composer Jack White.
Final Newport Legends Performance: Sunday 2nd July 2017
In collaboration with The Riverfront Theatre, we will bring all four Newport Legends together in a final performance. The four legends will be linked by mini-gem opera settings of other Newport Legend stories created by world-class opera composer Errollyn Wallen.
All tickets for this final show are only £5. Book your tickets now!
Rhian Hutchings – Creative Director
Amy Morgan – Producer
Errollyn Wallen – Legend Links Composer
Seren Fenoulhet – Designer
Newport Legends is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Ty Cerdd, Newport Live, and created in partnership with The Riverfront Theatre.