An operatic space voyage through the history of human transport...

Vehicles is an educational science and opera project for children aged 6 - 12 years old.

Vehicles is the story of two astronauts embarking on a space journey but something goes horribly wrong. Join Captain Houston and Lieutenant Schmidt as they go on a time-travelling adventure through the history of transport.

On their operatic voyage, Captain Houston and Lieutenant Schmidt travel back in time and see cars, lorries, bikes, balloons and boats from their amazing spaceship. Performed by live singer / musicians on stage, viewers will experience how transport developed throughout history. Vehicles celebrates creativity and innovation in both music and engineering - as well as exploring the history of human transport.

Composer Martyn Harry has spent the last two years researching the themes of the opera and developing it suitably for this age group, focusing on STEAM outcomes.

How to engage with Vehicles

The Vehicles project is a STEAM Education project, bringing together 

  • A specially composed opera created in 6 parts
  • A set of 5 STEAM Education animated schools resources exploring forces, gravity, friction and creative skills
  • A Vehicles Classroom Scheme with a whole range of activities for the classroom 


Cast: Nia Coleman, Alice Privett, Peter Martin, Oscar Castellino

Composer - Martyn Harry / Director - Rhian Hutchings / Music Director - Yshani Perinpanayagam / Designer - Bethany Seddon / Lighting Designer - Chris Illingworth / Film makers - Fez Miah & Lewis Monk / Producer - Laura Drane / Sound - COBRA Studios



Funded by Arts Council Wales, Oxford University, the John Fell Fund, Newport Live, Torch Research Centre and Action Transport Theatre.