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Newport  Legends

Newport Legends

by Rhian Hutchings, August 2, 2016

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!

Creative Team

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.