Credit: Rebecca Pitt

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 at jo.corrigan@englishtouringopera.org.uk, or call 020 7833 2555.

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 (Kensington)
    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. Delamare 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 - 10:00 am
  16. Thameside Theatre
    18th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm
  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 (Kensington) — 14th Oct 2019 - 10:00 am

    36-38 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 3BU

  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. Delamare 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 - 10:00 am

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

  16. Thameside Theatre — 18th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director / Writer

Tim read English at Cambridge, then studied singing at the Guildhall and the Munich Hochschule . His performing career included roles in opera and theatre, including work for Opera Factory, Opera 80, ENO, ROH, Opera North and Chichester Festival. His passion for education has led him to devise and direct projects for all the main opera companies, and many others here and abroad. He has led the education work at ETO since 2003, bringing a particular commitment to integrating special and mainstream schools. He has created 3 community operas for ETO: One Breath (Sheffield), A House on the Moon (Wolverhampton) and One Day Two Dawns (Cornwall). He has also written the libretti for several operas for young people, including Voithia and In the Belly of the Horse.

Russell Hepplewhite

Russell Hepplewhite

Composer

Russell Hepplewhite studied piano and composition at Chetham’s School of Music and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study at the RCM. His compositions are regularly performed in venues across Britain and abroad, and recently the acclaimed Svyati Duo included his pieces for cello and organ on their CD release. He places much importance on composing for education and the community, and over several years has composed large-scale pieces for ETO, the Rambert Dance Company and Sheffield Theatres among many others. He teaches composition and musicianship at the RCM Junior Department, and examines for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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 a set designer and furniture maker. Jude has made and designed work for Miracle Theatre Company, Shallal Dance Company, Trifle Gathering, Cube Theatre, Wild West Film, Bedrock Films as well as ETO. She also makes models and other random objects for public institutions such as the Eden Project. Jude lives in Falmouth with her husband and three children.

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. He has won the Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award and is a Samling Artist.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and Betto Gianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon in Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), Angelotti Tosca (Birgitta Festival), Masetto Don Giovanni (Classical Opera, Opera Project and ETO) plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company).

Bradley is also heavily involved in education and community, working as the Associate Artist (Education) at English Touring Opera to devise and perform operas for children.

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 (Kensington)
    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. Delamare 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 - 10:00 am
  16. Thameside Theatre
    18th Nov 2019 - 2:00 pm

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