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In the Belly of the Horse

- Spring 2012

A fully interactive children’s opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, exploring the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse.

Tim Yealland – Director
Rachel Leach – Composer

In the Belly of the Horse is a fully interactive new opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, brought to your own school hall. 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 they tell each other stories to calm their nerves. The story is told in many different and engaging ways including acting, singing, instrumental music, dance, animated film and design.

Performed by a multi-skilled cast of 4 professional singers and 4 professional players (violin, cello, clarinet, percussion), it is fully designed and costumed. The opera is the third of three new operas based on classical myths. The piece is extremely interactive and endeavours to engage with the children on every level. Lasting an hour and a quarter, the show can work with up to about 200 pupils.

Curriculum links
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 to 11.

The piece is accompanied by a comprehensive teachers’ pack including stories about the Greek myths and characters, and background material as well as classroom ideas, a CD (with sheet music) of 2 songs for the pupils to learn and a special black and white, colourable, 4-page cartoon for every child, telling the story of the opera.

Video trailer

Read a review by one of the pupils

How to book
Would you like to be involved with this project? We are currently looking for schools in Buxton. If you’re from that area, and you would like us to come and perform In the Belly of the Horse at your school, please contact Alexa Carey on 020 7833 2555 or alexa.carey@englishtouringopera.org.uk.

Showing At

  1. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  2. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  3. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  4. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  5. Trent C of E Primary School, Barnet
    10th Feb 2012 - 10:15 am
  6. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
    22nd Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  7. Constantine School, Truro
    26th Mar 2012 - 2:00 pm
  8. Trannack Community Primary School, Helston
    28th Mar 2012 - 1:30 pm
  9. Cheselbourne Village School
    30th Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  10. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
    14th Apr 2012 - 2:00 pm
  11. Wingfield Secondary College, Rotherham
    17th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  12. Twineham C of E Primary School
    20th Apr 2012 - 1:30 pm
  13. St Matthews C of E Primary, Liss
    24th Apr 2012 - 10:00 am
  14. Buxton
    27th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  15. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham
    2nd May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  16. Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham
    4th May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  17. Dorothy Goodman Special School
    10th May 2012 - 1:45 pm
  18. Harton Primary School, South Shields
    15th May 2012 - 10:15 am
  19. Oakbank Primary School, Perth
    18th May 2012 - 9:30 am
  20. Thrapston Primary School
    24th May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  1. British Museum — 8th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  2. British Museum — 8th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  3. British Museum — 9th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  4. British Museum — 9th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  5. Trent C of E Primary School, Barnet — 10th Feb 2012 - 10:15 am

    Barnet, EN4 9JH

  6. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School — 22nd Mar 2012 - 10:00 am

    Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TB

  7. Constantine School, Truro — 26th Mar 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Trebarvah Road, Constantine, TR11 5AG

  8. Trannack Community Primary School, Helston — 28th Mar 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0DQ

  9. Cheselbourne Village School — 30th Mar 2012 - 10:00 am

    Cheselbourne, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7NT

  10. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh — 14th Apr 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BN

  11. Wingfield Secondary College, Rotherham — 17th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am

    Wingfield Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S61 4AU

  12. Twineham C of E Primary School — 20th Apr 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Twineham, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5NR

  13. St Matthews C of E Primary, Liss — 24th Apr 2012 - 10:00 am

    Drift Road, Blackmoor, Liss, Hampshire, GU33 6BN

  14. Buxton — 27th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am

    SK17 6XN

  15. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham — 2nd May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Cheltenham, GL54 5PZ

  16. Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham — 4th May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Cheltenham, GL53 8QE

  17. Dorothy Goodman Special School — 10th May 2012 - 1:45 pm

    Stoke Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0EA

  18. Harton Primary School, South Shields — 15th May 2012 - 10:15 am

    East Avenue, South Shields, NE34 6PF

  19. Oakbank Primary School, Perth — 18th May 2012 - 9:30 am

    Viewlands Road West, Perth, PH1 1NA

  20. Thrapston Primary School — 24th May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 4JU

Cast

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Mezzo soprano

Martha Jones’ recent engagements include HERMIA A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nevill Holt Opera, DORABELLA Così fan tutte Classical Opera, ANNINA La Traviata and DAUGHTER Akhnaten English National Opera.

Other engagements include FANNY PRICE Mansfield Park The Grange Festival, 2nd LADY The Magic Flute Mid Wales Opera and 2nd WITCH/Lady in Waiting Macbeth Scottish Opera and SANDMAN “Hänsel und Gretel” (cover) Glyndebourne.

Martha studied at the RCMIOS, and was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society‘s Susan Chilcott scholarship. She took part in young artist programmes at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival and as a Samling Scholar. Martha has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square and Kings Place.

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Soprano

Abigail studied at Birmingham Conservatoire graduating with a first class honours degree and completed her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Roles include Pamina The Magic Flute (OperaUpClose), Susanna Le nozze di Figaro (Opera de Bauge), and Ninetta La gazza ladra (Midland Opera). With ETO roles include Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, First Boy The Magic Flute, Despina Così fan tutte, Fido Paul Bunyan, Naiad Rusalka, and Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Abigail has performed in many operas written for younger and SEND audiences including three for ETO: Waxwings, the award-winning_ Laika the Spacedog_, and In the Belly of the Horse. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, ETO and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Edward Lee

Edward Lee

Tenor

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Bass

Guildhall School of Music and Drama trained Baritone Maciek O’Shea has worked for companies including English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Buxton Festival. He has toured extensively with English Touring Opera most recently taking the role of Dr Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi and Captain Worsley in Shackleton’s Cat. He sang the lead role in the Opera Up Close production of Don Giovanni at the Soho Theatre. Maciek sang and was a puppeteer in ETO’s production of Laika the Spacedog which won 2 Best Production Awards at the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary. He works for the OHP Inspire Programme and was part of the team that was awarded the 2018 International Opera Award for Education and Outreach.

Crew

Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

Clarinet

Jonny Raper

Jonny Raper

Percussion

Vladimir Naumov

Vladimir Naumov

Violin

Ben Davies

Ben Davies

Cello

Ruth Paton

Ruth Paton

Designer

Jude Munden

Jude Munden

Horse Designer

Jude Munden worked as a secondary school art teacher before becoming a self employed maker and designer specialising in costume, props and puppets. She works from a workshop on a barge on the Penryn river, which she shares with her husband Alan who is also a set designer and furniture maker. Jude has made and designed work for Miracle Theatre Company, Illyria, Shallal Dance Company, Trifle Gathering, Cube Theatre, Wild West Film, Bedrock Films as well as ETO. Her own theatre company, Pipeline Theatre tours nationally.

Babis Alexiadis

Babis Alexiadis

Animator

Sarah Lenton

Sarah Lenton

Illustrator

Katharina Houy

Katharina Houy

Stage Manager

Showing At

  1. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  2. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  3. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  4. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  5. Trent C of E Primary School, Barnet
    10th Feb 2012 - 10:15 am
  6. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
    22nd Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  7. Constantine School, Truro
    26th Mar 2012 - 2:00 pm
  8. Trannack Community Primary School, Helston
    28th Mar 2012 - 1:30 pm
  9. Cheselbourne Village School
    30th Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  10. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
    14th Apr 2012 - 2:00 pm
  11. Wingfield Secondary College, Rotherham
    17th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  12. Twineham C of E Primary School
    20th Apr 2012 - 1:30 pm
  13. St Matthews C of E Primary, Liss
    24th Apr 2012 - 10:00 am
  14. Buxton
    27th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  15. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham
    2nd May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  16. Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham
    4th May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  17. Dorothy Goodman Special School
    10th May 2012 - 1:45 pm
  18. Harton Primary School, South Shields
    15th May 2012 - 10:15 am
  19. Oakbank Primary School, Perth
    18th May 2012 - 9:30 am
  20. Thrapston Primary School
    24th May 2012 - 1:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. I took my Year 3 class to see English Touring Opera’s performance of In the Belly of the Horse at the British Museum. I just want to thank the company for such a wonderful experience. I was hugely impressed by the quality of the production and the children were totally enthralled and inspired by it. As well as complementing our History work on Ancient Greece, it was such a unique and special opportunity for the children to be part of a real opera. Every single one of them thought it was fabulous and I am sure they will never forget it.

    Said Daniel A. at 16:48pm on 20th Feb 2012

  2. I didn't know what to expect at the opera, I thought it was going to be boring because I didn't think I liked opera. But when I got there I thought it was really good and I really enjoyed it.

    Said Pupil (Year 5), Harton Primary School at 14:28pm on 30th May 2012

  3. The singing was exquisite and the opera was really inspiring. The singers were so inspiring I might be an opera singer when I'm older. The singing was loud and echoed through the church like a butterfly fluttering through the sky.

    Said Pupil (Year 5), Harton Primary School at 14:29pm on 30th May 2012

  4. If I hear about any other performance by the ETO I will definitely, positively be there, for the simple reason that it will probably be fantastic'

    Said Pupil (Year 4), Harton Primary School at 14:29pm on 30th May 2012

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