Basest Beggars

A project with secondary schools in Barnet, based on King Lear, and leading to performance at artsdepot.

Basest Beggars was a project for schools in Barnet, focussing in particular at pupils in transition. It accompanied English Touring Opera’s world premiere of Promised End. The project’s aims were to create music theatre with Year 7 pupils, introducing them to interesting ways of creating text, music and design, while exploring some of the text of King Lear. All the students saw Promised End at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. The project explored themes of money and generosity, generational conflict, and the brutality of selfishness.

Three secondary schools in Barnet took part – St Mary’s High School, Friern Barnet School and Finchley Catholic School. Some 80 children performed in the final show at artsdepot in Finchley. The team included composer Rachel Leach (One Day Two Dawns and In the Belly of the Horse), designer Anna Bruder (Speakout), photographer Moses Powers, actor David Gooderson (Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and singer Emily Rowley Jones (In the Belly of the Horse).

The project was supported by a very generous grant from John Lyons Charity and would not have been possible without the help of Barnet Music Service

Photographs by Moses Powers

Showing At

  1. End date
    31st Jan 2011 - 9:45 pm
  1. End date — 31st Jan 2011 - 9:45 pm

Showing At

  1. End date
    31st Jan 2011 - 9:45 pm

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