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?
Between September 2016 and July 2017, we uncovered the legends of Newport working with local young people. Each legends was transformed into a performance that brings together music, storytelling, design and drama – all the ingredients of opera.
Our young opera creators worked with composers, directors and opera singers to create their legends and share them with their communities.
Find out how it went by watching our Newport Legends Mini-Doc
The project worked with 253 participants, 17 artists and performed to 340 audience members.
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 brought all four Newport Legends together in a final performance. The four legends were linked by mini-gem opera settings of other Newport Legend stories created by world-class opera composer Errollyn Wallen.
The Creative Team
Rhian Hutchings – Creative Director
Amy Morgan – Producer
Errollyn Wallen – Legend Links Composer
Seren Fenoulhet – Designer
Newport Legends was supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Ty Cerdd, Newport Live, and created in partnership with The Riverfront Theatre.