Laika the Spacedog

Award-winning interactive opera for children aged 7–11 and their families returns to the UK in Autumn 2019.

Director / Writer 
Tim Yealland
Composer 
Russell Hepplewhite
Designer 
Jude Munden
Revival Director 
Bradley Travis

It is 1957 and the Space Race is well underway. As the Americans and Russians compete to be the first to launch an animal into orbit, the hunt is on to find a dog to sit on top of the Sputnik rocket. Then, one afternoon, a little dog called Laika is found in Moscow’s Gorky Park…

See the Kremlin, meet the Russian President, count down to the rocket launch, and sing along with ETO’s singers and orchestra in this fun-filled adventure for all the family.

Laika, the Spacedog flies again in Autumn 2019, touring across the UK to schools and libraries. Written for children aged 7-11 (Key Stage 2) and families, this multi award-winning children’s opera, incorporates many areas of the curriculum, including science, history and literacy as well as music. The music is by Russell Hepplewhite, words and direction by Tim Yealland, design by Jude Munden, and animation by Babis Alexiadis.

If you would like to book a performance for your school, local library or another venue, please contact Jo Corrigan. If you would like more digital teaching resources email Jo at jo.corrigan@englishtouringopera.org.uk, or call 020 7833 2555.

Performance times may be change at a later date

Click on the videos on the left, learn the songs and singalong
You can also watch them on YouTube

Listen to the songs from Laika the Spacedog

Showing At

  1. Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School
    9th Oct 2019 - 10:30 am
  2. Sheffield High School for Girls
    10th Oct 2019 - 2:00 pm
  3. Southbank International School, London (Hampstead)
    14th Oct 2019 - 10:00 am
  4. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
    17th Oct 2019 - 1:30 pm
  5. Rendcomb College, Cirencester
    21st Oct 2019 - 10:30 am
  6. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    1st Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  7. Delemare Church of England Primary, Tarporley
    4th Nov 2019 - 10:00 am
  8. Oak View Academy
    4th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm
  9. St Martins Academy, Chester
    5th Nov 2019 - 10:00 am
  10. Grosvenor Park Church of England School,
    5th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm
  11. Roose Community Primary School
    7th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  12. St James C Of E Junior School
    8th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  13. Exeter School
    12th Nov 2019 - 1:30 pm
  14. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    15th Nov 2019 - 10:30 am
  15. Thameside Theatre
    18th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  16. Norwich Theatre Royal
    19th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  1. Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School — 9th Oct 2019 - 10:30 am

    56 Clarence Way, London , NW1 8DG

  2. Sheffield High School for Girls — 10th Oct 2019 - 2:00 pm

    10 Rutland Park , Sheffield , S10 2PE

  3. Southbank International School, London (Hampstead) — 14th Oct 2019 - 10:00 am

    16 Netherhall Gardens, London, NW3 5TH

  4. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle — 17th Oct 2019 - 1:30 pm

    NE4 9YH

  5. Rendcomb College, Cirencester — 21st Oct 2019 - 10:30 am

    Rendcomb, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7HA

  6. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge — 1st Nov 2019 - 11:00 am

    Carlton Way, Cambridge, CB4 2DE

  7. Delemare Church of England Primary, Tarporley — 4th Nov 2019 - 10:00 am

    Stoney Lane , Kelsall, Tarporley, Cheshire , CW6 0ST

  8. Oak View Academy — 4th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm

  9. St Martins Academy, Chester — 5th Nov 2019 - 10:00 am

  10. Grosvenor Park Church of England School, — 5th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm

    Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP

  11. Roose Community Primary School — 7th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am

    33 N Row, Roose, , Barrow-in-Furness , LA13 0HF

  12. St James C Of E Junior School — 8th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am

    LA14 1NY

  13. Exeter School — 12th Nov 2019 - 1:30 pm

    Victoria Park Road , Exeter, EX2 4NS

  14. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon — 15th Nov 2019 - 10:30 am

    School Lane, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, EX10 0EL

  15. Thameside Theatre — 18th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

  16. Norwich Theatre Royal — 19th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director / Writer

Tim has written the libretti for and directed numerous operas for young people, including Shackleton’s Cat, Silver Electra, Different and Waxwings. He has also devised many large-scale community operas for ETO, including One Day Two Dawns in Truro (winner RPS Award), and Zeppelin Dreams in Wolverhampton. Alongside the ETO production, Laika the Spacedog is also produced in 2019 by Nouvel Opera Fribourg, and performed next year at the Opera Comique in Paris. His association with Casa da Música in Porto continues with Écoute, a new piece in 2020. He was appointed MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours.

Russell Hepplewhite

Russell Hepplewhite

Composer

Russell Hepplewhite is becoming widely known for his choral music and operas. For ETO he has composed several highly acclaimed operas for young audiences including ‘Shackleton’s Cat’, ‘Silver Electra’, and the award winning ‘Laika the Spacedog’ which has been performed more than 70 times. Alongside the current ETO revival of ‘Laika’, Opera Nouvel in Switzerland and Opera Comique in Paris have their own forthcoming productions. Russell’s musical ‘Moonfleet’ premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse in 2018; his choral music is published by Oxford University Press and Banks Music publications, and forthcoming pieces include operas for Jubilee Opera and W11 Opera.

Jude Munden

Jude Munden

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.

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Revival Director

Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro(Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and BettoGianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National G&S Opera Company). Bradley also performed in Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music at the 2016 Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bradley is heavily involved in music outreach, working as the Associate Artist (Learning & Participation) at English Touring Opera; commissioning and directing new operas for children, devising and leading workshops, and curating their education and community output.

Showing At

  1. Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School
    9th Oct 2019 - 10:30 am
  2. Sheffield High School for Girls
    10th Oct 2019 - 2:00 pm
  3. Southbank International School, London (Hampstead)
    14th Oct 2019 - 10:00 am
  4. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
    17th Oct 2019 - 1:30 pm
  5. Rendcomb College, Cirencester
    21st Oct 2019 - 10:30 am
  6. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    1st Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  7. Delemare Church of England Primary, Tarporley
    4th Nov 2019 - 10:00 am
  8. Oak View Academy
    4th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm
  9. St Martins Academy, Chester
    5th Nov 2019 - 10:00 am
  10. Grosvenor Park Church of England School,
    5th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm
  11. Roose Community Primary School
    7th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  12. St James C Of E Junior School
    8th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  13. Exeter School
    12th Nov 2019 - 1:30 pm
  14. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    15th Nov 2019 - 10:30 am
  15. Thameside Theatre
    18th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am
  16. Norwich Theatre Royal
    19th Nov 2019 - 11:00 am

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