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In the Belly of the Horse

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In the Belly of the Horse is a new fully interactive children’s opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, exploring the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse.

In the Belly of the Horse is a brand new fully interactive opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, and is the third of a trilogy of new operas. With music by Rachel Leach the piece explores the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse. As the Greeks wait in the horse to cause havoc in Troy stories are told to calm their nerves. The story is told in many different and engaging ways. Its elements include acting, singing, instrumental music, dance, and design. It is performed by a multi-skilled cast of 5 professional performers, and is fully designed and costumed. The opera is the third of three new operas based on classical myths. In the Belly of the Horse lasts an hour and a quarter.

In the Belly of the Horse supports various areas of the curriculum, including literacy, history, maths and science, art and design, as well as drama and music. It is suitable for pupils aged 7 years and upwards. The piece is fully interactive and is accompanied by a comprehensive teachers’ pack, CDs (with sheet music) of songs for the pupils to learn, and cartoons (by Sarah Lenton) that tell the story of the opera. All support material will be sent out well before the date of the performance.

Kevin Madeley, Headteacher, Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School, Kiveton, Sheffield, wrote of Crossing the Styx, our first opera in 2006:

The production was excellent. The performance and the interaction with the children was excellent. The support material was excellent. The standard of performance was excellent and gave the children targets for aspiration. Our children love opera. We particularly liked the challenging nature of the songs we were to learn in preparation…. The children really did have to listen, interpret and think… The opera supported our history curriculum enormously as well as our music and English curriculum.

Joan Johnson year 6 teacher, St James C of E Junior School, Barrow on Voithia!, our second opera:

BRILLIANT! Very good resources – easy to use with all year groups. Good for all ages to promote appreciation of the Arts. It something the children will always remember, one of the children said ‘it was absolutely fabulous. I could watch it over and over again!!!!!!!!’’

Alison Williams year 4 teacher, Tickhill Estfeld Primary School: Doncaster, on Voithia! (Part Two) in 2008:

The show was inspirational in all aspects of the arts – drama, music, dance. It captured the imagination of the children and adults alike! Even our youngest children were mesmerised from start to finish. The project was particularly helpful for our pupils studying mythology and literacy-related work. Just Brilliant! Excellent!

Showing At

  1. St Mary's Primary School, London
    2nd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  2. Wimple Primary School
    3rd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  3. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    3rd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  4. Whitemoor Primary
    5th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  5. Roche Primary School
    6th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  6. Nanpean Community Primary School
    6th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  7. Praa Sands Community Centre
    7th Nov 2009 - 10:00 am
  8. Tricycle Theatre
    9th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  9. Tricycle Theatre
    9th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  10. Wodensfield Primary School
    10th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  11. Goldthorne Park Primary
    11th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  12. Penn Hall School, Wolverhampton
    11th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  13. Somers Park Primary School
    12th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  14. Burbage Primary School, Buxton
    13th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  15. Claremont Primary School
    16th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  16. Childs Hill, Cricklewood
    16th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  17. Coppetts Wood Primary School
    17th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  18. St Paul's C of E Primary School
    17th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  19. St Agatha's Primary School
    18th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  20. Corpus Christi Primary School
    18th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  21. Shirley Primary School
    20th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  22. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    21st Nov 2009 - 11:00 am
  1. St Mary's Primary School, London — 2nd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    Brooke Road, Walthamstow, London, NW2 1SL

    • Sold Out

  2. Wimple Primary School — 3rd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    EX5 2TS

    • Sold Out

  3. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon — 3rd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    School Lane, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, EX10 0EL

    • Sold Out

  4. Whitemoor Primary — 5th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    PL26 7XQ

    • Sold Out

  5. Roche Primary School — 6th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    PL26 8ER

    • Sold Out

  6. Nanpean Community Primary School — 6th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    PL26 7YH

    • Sold Out

  7. Praa Sands Community Centre — 7th Nov 2009 - 10:00 am

  8. Tricycle Theatre — 9th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    296 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR

    • Sold Out

  9. Tricycle Theatre — 9th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    296 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR

    • Sold Out

  10. Wodensfield Primary School — 10th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    WV11 1PW

    • Sold Out

  11. Goldthorne Park Primary — 11th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    WV4 5ET

    • Sold Out

  12. Penn Hall School, Wolverhampton — 11th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Vicarage Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HP

    • Sold Out

  13. Somers Park Primary School — 12th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    WR14 1SE

    • Sold Out

  14. Burbage Primary School, Buxton — 13th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    Cavendish Avenue, Buxton, SK17 9AE

    • Sold Out

  15. Claremont Primary School — 16th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    FY1 2QE

    • Sold Out

  16. Childs Hill, Cricklewood — 16th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    NW2 1SL

    • Sold Out

  17. Coppetts Wood Primary School — 17th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    N10 1JS

    • Sold Out

  18. St Paul's C of E Primary School — 17th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    NW7 1QU

    • Sold Out

  19. St Agatha's Primary School — 18th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am

    Kingston, KT2 5TY

    • Sold Out

  20. Corpus Christi Primary School — 18th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Croydon, Croydon

    • Sold Out

  21. Shirley Primary School — 20th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Cambridge, CB4 1RW

    • Sold Out

  22. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 21st Nov 2009 - 11:00 am

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

Showing At

  1. St Mary's Primary School, London
    2nd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  2. Wimple Primary School
    3rd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  3. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    3rd Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  4. Whitemoor Primary
    5th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  5. Roche Primary School
    6th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  6. Nanpean Community Primary School
    6th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  7. Praa Sands Community Centre
    7th Nov 2009 - 10:00 am
  8. Tricycle Theatre
    9th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  9. Tricycle Theatre
    9th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  10. Wodensfield Primary School
    10th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  11. Goldthorne Park Primary
    11th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  12. Penn Hall School, Wolverhampton
    11th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  13. Somers Park Primary School
    12th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  14. Burbage Primary School, Buxton
    13th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  15. Claremont Primary School
    16th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  16. Childs Hill, Cricklewood
    16th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  17. Coppetts Wood Primary School
    17th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  18. St Paul's C of E Primary School
    17th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  19. St Agatha's Primary School
    18th Nov 2009 - 10:30 am
  20. Corpus Christi Primary School
    18th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  21. Shirley Primary School
    20th Nov 2009 - 1:30 pm
  22. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    21st Nov 2009 - 11:00 am

Your Comments

  1. 'In the Belly of the Horse' at the Tricycle Theatre was quite incredible. The children (as well as their teachers) were spellbound by the performance. I was so impressed at the way in which the singers managed to hold the children's attention for the duration of the show.

    Said Sarah Roberts at 23:41pm on 10th Nov 2009

  2. I LOVED the In the Belly of the Horse, cleverly conceived and beautifully performed. The audience from babes to adults were fully absorbed, entertained. So much good to say about it, I'm lost for words. Congrats to Tim, Rachel, the singers, the puppeter, designer, horse designer, animator and cartoonist the pianist and stage manager - plus all in admin and management that make these things happen. Hope I haven't left anyone out.

    Said Kim at 14:56pm on 11th Nov 2009

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