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Dust Child

A new interactive opera for young people with Special Educational Needs in Spring 2016.

Dust Child is ETO’s latest opera created especially for young people with special needs and follows RedBlueGreen, Spin, Rumbled, and most recently Waxwings. Interactive, multisensory and vivid, the opera is designed to engage with and excite young people with a range of different and complex needs and interests, using music, movement, tactile props and participation.

Created by the talented young team of composer James Garner, writer/director Anna Pool and designer Anna Driftmier, Dust Child will visit special schools around the country in the spring. Three singers take the main roles, and are accompanied by a string trio. The musical world of the piece borrows from different styles, including the folk traditions of the American mid-west.

The opera tells the story of Sylvia. Sylvia loves the stars. From the farm where she lives with Mama, you can see hundreds of them glittering in the night sky. But when Mama gets sick and there is no water to make her better, Sylvia (and our brave audience) must set out on a perilous quest across the dusty desert to find her some, with only the stars to guide their way…

Running Time: approx 50 minutes.

We really enjoyed the performance and I got very positive feedback from staff, who felt that there was a good balance of music, singing, action, interactive opportunities, and good changes of mood and pace, all of which help to engage our pupils. Some of the children were able to tell me that they enjoyed it but with others, we can only interpret responses, which indicated real enjoyment and good attention – so thank you!

Assistant Headteacher, The Hall School (about Waxwings, 2015)



ETO’s production of Dust Child has been made possible thanks to the generous support of:
Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund
The Equitable Charitable Trust

Showing At

  1. Pencalenick School, Truro
    15th Mar 2016 - 11:00 am
  2. Victoria Education Centre, Poole
    18th Mar 2016 - 2:00 pm
  3. The Hall School
    22nd Mar 2016 - 1:30 pm
  4. Saxmunham Library
    9th Apr 2016 - 2:00 pm
  5. National Star College, Cheltenham
    13th Apr 2016 - 11:00 am
  6. Castle School, Cambridge
    28th Apr 2016 - 2:00 pm
  7. Penn Hall School, Wolverhampton
    10th May 2016 - 12:00 pm
  8. Wolverhampton
    12th May 2016 - 2:00 pm
  9. Fairview School, Perth
    19th May 2016 - 1:30 pm
  10. Sandside Lodge School
    8th Jun 2016 - 1:30 pm
  1. Pencalenick School, Truro — 15th Mar 2016 - 11:00 am

    St Clement, Truro, TR1 1TE

  2. Victoria Education Centre, Poole — 18th Mar 2016 - 2:00 pm

    12 Lindsay Road, Poole, BH13 6AS

  3. The Hall School — 22nd Mar 2016 - 1:30 pm

    nr6 7AD

  4. Saxmunham Library — 9th Apr 2016 - 2:00 pm

    IP17 1AL

  5. National Star College, Cheltenham — 13th Apr 2016 - 11:00 am

    Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9QU

  6. Castle School, Cambridge — 28th Apr 2016 - 2:00 pm

    Courtney Way, Cambridge, CB4 2EE

  7. Penn Hall School, Wolverhampton — 10th May 2016 - 12:00 pm

    Vicarage Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HP

  8. Wolverhampton — 12th May 2016 - 2:00 pm

    WV4 5HP

  9. Fairview School, Perth — 19th May 2016 - 1:30 pm

    Fairview School, Oakbank Crescent, Perth, PH1 1DF

  10. Sandside Lodge School — 8th Jun 2016 - 1:30 pm

    Sandside Road, Ulverston, LA12 9EF

Showing At

  1. Pencalenick School, Truro
    15th Mar 2016 - 11:00 am
  2. Victoria Education Centre, Poole
    18th Mar 2016 - 2:00 pm
  3. The Hall School
    22nd Mar 2016 - 1:30 pm
  4. Saxmunham Library
    9th Apr 2016 - 2:00 pm
  5. National Star College, Cheltenham
    13th Apr 2016 - 11:00 am
  6. Castle School, Cambridge
    28th Apr 2016 - 2:00 pm
  7. Penn Hall School, Wolverhampton
    10th May 2016 - 12:00 pm
  8. Wolverhampton
    12th May 2016 - 2:00 pm
  9. Fairview School, Perth
    19th May 2016 - 1:30 pm
  10. Sandside Lodge School
    8th Jun 2016 - 1:30 pm

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