Laika the Spacedog

New opera for children and families, telling the story of the first dog in orbit through music, puppetry and filmed animation. Winner of the Armel Opera Festival 2013.

Laika takes a trip to Avignon

Laika the Spacedog, English Touring Opera’s multi-award-winning opera for young people, is to be performed in one of France’s most prestigious opera houses, the Opéra Grand in Avignon this December.

The performance takes place in the opera house’s main hall, the Grande Salle, on Wednesday 4 December 2013 at 8.30pm, and comes after Laika won two awards for Best Production at the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary on Tuesday 15 October, beating productions of operas including Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

Tickets to the performance at Avignon on Wednesday 4 December start from €5 and can be booked here (French-language website).

About Laika the Spacedog

Laika the Spacedog is a brand new opera which toured the country in Spring 2013. After a preview for BBC Stargazing Live at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 10th January, it opened with a sell-out week of performances at the Science Museum in London from the 22nd January. Written for children and family audiences, it is designed for Key Stage 2 in primary schools, and incorporates many areas of the curriculum, including science, history and literacy as well as music. The music is by Russell Hepplewhite, the design by Jude Munden, animation by Babis Alexiadis and words and direction by Tim Yealland.

Click here to read about Laika’s visit to Stibbard CEVA Primary School in Norfolk.

It made me cry. I also felt happy. It was one of the best theatre performances I have ever seen.

Gabriela, 11


Click on the link to watch a recent BBC London News item: www.bbc.co.uk/news/laika

Laika was the Russian mongrel discovered in Gorky Park in Moscow in 1957, and destined to become the first animal in orbit. She is the most famous victim of the space race, and died like so many other animals sent up by both the Russians and the Americans. The story is a remarkable one, and touches on the true lives of the scientists involved (including the great Russian scientist Korolev), the relationship between men and animals, and the ethics of science and discovery.

ETO’s writer and director Tim Yealland has conjured up a world of wonderment, where dials whirr, rockets roar and frontline technology challenges. The performances were a delight, with everyone understanding how to engage a young audience. Getting the children to sing a ‘Baikonur song’ was a stroke of genius. The music, by Russell Hepplewhite, who has already delighted ETO audiences with his children’s opera The Feathered Ogre… was gripping and still haunts the mind.

Roderic Dunnett, exeuntmagazine.com

The opera’s thrilling story is told in many diverse ways by 9 professional performers – with singing, playing, drama, archive film, animation (created with children) and puppetry. It features also such strange remnants of the mid-twentieth century as the theremin, one of the weirdest musical instruments ever conceived. The action takes us from an apartment in Moscow to Gorky Park, to the Kremlin (where we meet President Khrushchev), and finally to the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, brought to life with stunning design, and from where we launch the famous Sputnik rockets. The piece is highly interactive, and includes songs for everyone. A teachers’ pack and CD support the project.

Latest news

English Touring Opera is thrilled that Laika recently won two awards at a major international opera festival, and continues her journey to Opera Grand Avignon, in association with Armel Opera Festival. For more details, click here.

For information call Talia Lash at ETO on 020 7833 2555 or email her at talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk.

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We are deeply grateful for the scientific advice of Dan Hawkins, Head Teacher of Childs Hill School. Thanks also to Ronnie le Drew and Little Angel Theatre.

The opera is supported by the PRS Foundation, and has won the PRS David Bedford Music Education Award. We are deeply grateful also for the generous support of the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and the John Lyon’s Charity.

Showing At

  1. BBC Stargazing Live - NMM, London
    10th Jan 2013 - 6:00 pm
  2. Science Museum, London
    22nd Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  3. Science Museum, London
    22nd Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  4. Science Museum, London
    23rd Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  5. Science Museum, London
    23rd Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  6. Science Museum, London
    24th Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  7. Science Museum, London
    24th Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  8. Science Museum, London
    25th Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  9. Science Museum, London
    25th Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  10. St Clement Danes Primary School, London
    27th Feb 2013 - 1:45 pm
  11. St Mary's and St John's Primary School, London
    5th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am
  12. Bevington School, London
    7th Mar 2013 - 11:00 am
  13. Holy Trinity Primary School, London
    8th Mar 2013 - 1:30 pm
  14. Ashby Willesly Primary School, Leicester
    12th Mar 2013 - 9:45 am
  15. South Kilworth C of E Primary School, Leicester
    13th Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  16. Cumnor House, Haywards Heath
    14th Mar 2013 - 11:15 am
  17. Wells Park School, Chigwell
    15th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am
  18. Goodmayes Primary School
    15th Mar 2013 - 1:45 pm
  19. Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton
    16th Mar 2013 - 11:00 am
  20. Denbury Primary School
    20th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am
  21. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
    20th Mar 2013 - 2:00 pm
  22. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    21st Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  23. Hawkchurch C of E Primary School
    22nd Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  24. North Walsham High School
    25th Mar 2013 - 1:30 pm
  25. Toftwood School
    26th Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  26. Stibbard All Saints Primary School
    27th Mar 2013 - 1:15 pm
  27. Uplands Junior School, Wolverhampton
    15th Apr 2013 - 1:30 pm
  28. East Park Primary School, Wolverhampton
    16th Apr 2013 - 10:00 am
  29. Southwold Primary School
    19th Apr 2013 - 10:45 am
  30. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    20th Apr 2013 - 3:00 pm
  31. Harton Primary School, South Shields
    23rd Apr 2013 - 10:15 am
  32. Cleadon Village C of E Primary School
    24th Apr 2013 - 9:45 am
  33. Burbage Primary School, Buxton
    25th Apr 2013 - 10:00 am
  34. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield
    27th Apr 2013 - 2:00 pm
  35. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham
    30th Apr 2013 - 1:45 pm
  36. St Peter's C of E Primary School, Cassington
    3rd May 2013 - 10:30 am
  37. Sydenham Primary School, Leamington Spa
    8th May 2013 - 1:15 pm
  38. Wellesbourne School, Warwickshire
    10th May 2013 - 10:30 am
  39. Warwick Arts Centre
    11th May 2013 - 2:00 pm
  40. Thomas's Day School, London
    13th May 2013 - 9:30 am
  41. Southbank International School, London (Kensington)
    13th May 2013 - 2:00 pm
  42. Fairview School, Perth
    16th May 2013 - 10:00 am
  43. Aberfoyle Primary School
    17th May 2013 - 11:00 am
  44. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    20th May 2013 - 10:30 am
  45. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    20th May 2013 - 1:30 pm
  46. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
    21st May 2013 - 1:15 pm
  47. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    22nd May 2013 - 11:15 am
  48. G Live Guildford
    28th May 2013 - 2:00 pm
  49. artsdepot
    9th Oct 2013 - 2:00 pm
  50. artsdepot
    10th Oct 2013 - 2:00 pm
  51. Armel Opera Festival
    14th Oct 2013 - 6:00 pm
  52. Opéra Grand Avignon
    4th Dec 2013 - 8:30 pm
  1. BBC Stargazing Live - NMM, London — 10th Jan 2013 - 6:00 pm

    SE10 9NF

  2. Science Museum, London — 22nd Jan 2013 - 10:30 am

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  3. Science Museum, London — 22nd Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  4. Science Museum, London — 23rd Jan 2013 - 10:30 am

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  5. Science Museum, London — 23rd Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  6. Science Museum, London — 24th Jan 2013 - 10:30 am

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  7. Science Museum, London — 24th Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  8. Science Museum, London — 25th Jan 2013 - 10:30 am

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  9. Science Museum, London — 25th Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

  10. St Clement Danes Primary School, London — 27th Feb 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5SU

  11. St Mary's and St John's Primary School, London — 5th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am

    Prothero Gardens, Barnet, London, NW4 3SL

  12. Bevington School, London — 7th Mar 2013 - 11:00 am

    Bevington Road, London, W10 5TW

  13. Holy Trinity Primary School, London — 8th Mar 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Trinity Walk, Belsize Park, London, NW3 5SQ

  14. Ashby Willesly Primary School, Leicester — 12th Mar 2013 - 9:45 am

    Packington Nook Lane, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2QG

  15. South Kilworth C of E Primary School, Leicester — 13th Mar 2013 - 10:30 am

    Walcote Road, South Kilworth, LE17 6EG

  16. Cumnor House, Haywards Heath — 14th Mar 2013 - 11:15 am

    Danehill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7HT

  17. Wells Park School, Chigwell — 15th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am

    School Lane, Lambourne Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6NN

  18. Goodmayes Primary School — 15th Mar 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Airthrie Road, Goodmayes, Ilford, IG3 9RW

  19. Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton — 16th Mar 2013 - 11:00 am

    4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0LQ

  20. Denbury Primary School — 20th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am

    West Street, Denbury, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6QP

  21. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School — 20th Mar 2013 - 2:00 pm

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

  22. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon — 21st Mar 2013 - 10:30 am

    School Lane, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, EX10 0EL

  23. Hawkchurch C of E Primary School — 22nd Mar 2013 - 10:30 am

    Hawkchurch, Axminster, EX13 5XD

  24. North Walsham High School — 25th Mar 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Spenser Avenue, North Walshm, Norfolk, NR28 9HZ

  25. Toftwood School — 26th Mar 2013 - 10:30 am

    38 Westfield Road, Toftwood, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1JB

  26. Stibbard All Saints Primary School — 27th Mar 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Fulmodeston Road, Stibbard, Fakenham, NR21 0LT

  27. Uplands Junior School, Wolverhampton — 15th Apr 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Finchfield Road West, Wolverhampton, WV3 8BA

  28. East Park Primary School, Wolverhampton — 16th Apr 2013 - 10:00 am

    Hollington Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 2DS

  29. Southwold Primary School — 19th Apr 2013 - 10:45 am

    Cumberland Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JP

  30. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings — 20th Apr 2013 - 3:00 pm

    IP17 1SP

  31. Harton Primary School, South Shields — 23rd Apr 2013 - 10:15 am

    East Avenue, South Shields, NE34 6PF

  32. Cleadon Village C of E Primary School — 24th Apr 2013 - 9:45 am

    Boldon Lane, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR6 7RP

  33. Burbage Primary School, Buxton — 25th Apr 2013 - 10:00 am

    Cavendish Avenue, Buxton, SK17 9AE

  34. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield — 27th Apr 2013 - 2:00 pm

    SK11 9DL

  35. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham — 30th Apr 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Cheltenham, GL54 5PZ

  36. St Peter's C of E Primary School, Cassington — 3rd May 2013 - 10:30 am

    The Green, Cassington, Oxon, OX29 4DN

  37. Sydenham Primary School, Leamington Spa — 8th May 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Sydenham, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1SA

  38. Wellesbourne School, Warwickshire — 10th May 2013 - 10:30 am

    Mountford Close, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9QG

  39. Warwick Arts Centre — 11th May 2013 - 2:00 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  40. Thomas's Day School, London — 13th May 2013 - 9:30 am

    Broomwood Road, London, SW11 6JZ

  41. Southbank International School, London (Kensington) — 13th May 2013 - 2:00 pm

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

  42. Fairview School, Perth — 16th May 2013 - 10:00 am

    Fairview School, Oakbank Crescent, Perth, PH1 1DF

  43. Aberfoyle Primary School — 17th May 2013 - 11:00 am

    Lochard Road, Aberfoyle, FK8 3SZ

  44. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 20th May 2013 - 10:30 am

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  45. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 20th May 2013 - 1:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  46. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge — 21st May 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Ascham Road, Cambridge, CB4 2BD

  47. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge — 22nd May 2013 - 11:15 am

    Carlton Way, Cambridge, CB4 2DE

  48. G Live Guildford — 28th May 2013 - 2:00 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

  49. artsdepot — 9th Oct 2013 - 2:00 pm

    5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA

  50. artsdepot — 10th Oct 2013 - 2:00 pm

    5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA

  51. Armel Opera Festival — 14th Oct 2013 - 6:00 pm

    Szeged

  52. Opéra Grand Avignon — 4th Dec 2013 - 8:30 pm

    1 Rue Racine, 84000 Avignon

Cast

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Soprano

Having initially trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, Abigail completed her operatic studies at the RCS. Performances with ETO include Naiad Rusalka, Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Despina Cosi fan tutte. As a recitalist Abigail has performed with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals at St John Smith Square and across the Caribbean. Abigail’s work includes roles in many children’s operas including the award winning Laika the Spacedog. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, English Touring Opera and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Lorna Bridge

Lorna Bridge

Soprano

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of First Lady will be sung by Ms Lorna Bridge for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9 May), Exeter (13 May), and Perth (22 May).

Lorna Bridge made her debut at ROH as Solo Ragazzi in concert performances of Linda da Chamounix conducted by Sir Mark Elder in 2009. Elsewhere Lorna has appeared as Meleagro Atalanta and Erato Terpsicore/Il Pastor Fido for LHF [London Handel Festival], Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for Dorset Productions, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Woodhouse Opera, and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for White Horse Opera. As a student at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she performed the roles of Mařenka The Bartered Bride, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Arminda La Finta Giardiniera. Last season Lorna sang several performances of Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for ETO, and later this season will cover Ginevra Ariodante for the Aix en Provence Festival.

Emma Watkinson

Emma Watkinson

Mezzo soprano

Emma Watkinson studied at City University, TCM and The Flanders Operastudio in Gent. She now works with Raymond Connell in London. Operatic highlights to date include Julie by Philippe Boesmans, Nancy Albert Herring under Steuart Bedford, the title role in Giustino with Olivia Fuchs, Dido Dido & Aeneas, Ino Semele, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Olga Eugene Onegin and numerous smaller roles with ETO,Wexford Festival Opera, Pavilion Opera, Grange Park Opera and ROH, in Linda di Chamounix under Mark Elder. Recent highlights include Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle in Dresden, Germany and VW Serenade To Music, RFH with the RPO and Barts Choir. Emma is thrilled to be returning to ETO for the spring season 2014.

Susan Moore

Susan Moore

Mezzo soprano

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Third Lady will be sung by Ms Susan Moore for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Susan Moore studied at TCM and now works privately with Susan McCulloch. Recent roles include Valentina in Laika the Spacedog, Filipyevna (cover) Eugene Onegin and Mrs Herring (cover) Albert Herring (ETO); Suzuki Madame Butterfly (Opera Brava); Florence Pike Albert Herring (Surrey Opera); Katisha The Mikado (Charles Court Opera); Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (LFO); Widow Browe Peter the Great (Opera South) and Mrs Partlet The Sorcerer (Opera della Luna). Susan recently premiered her narrated recital programme What is Life?, a celebration of contralto Kathleen Ferrier. She also continues to develop and run opera workshops for Opera Minima and Streetwise Opera.

David de Winter

David de Winter

Tenor

David was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Jonathan Papp and Ryland Davies and was awarded the Stanley Picker Trust and Leverhulme Awards. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and beyond. His opera credits include, Remendado (Carmen), Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mayor (Albert Herring), Fenton (Die Lustigen Wieber von Windsor), the title role in Vaughan-Williams’ Hugh the Drover, and Monostatos (The Magic Flute). A proponent of new music, David played Gérard in the British premiere of Philip Glass’ opera, Les enfants terrible at the Grimeborn Opera Festival. In concert, he has performed amongst others Bach’s B minor Mass and Mendelssohn’s St Paul in Durham Cathedral, Schumann’s Manfred with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner (European Tour), and Monteverdi’s Vespers with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. David currently studies with Ryland Davies.

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Tenor

Australian-born tenor Stuart Haycock studied in Sydney and RAM. Engagements include Goro Madame Butterfly (MWO/New Devon Opera), Bardolph Falstaff (MWO), Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Borsa Rigoletto and Gastone La Traviata (Iford Arts Festival), Ferrando Così fan tutte (English Chamber Opera), Parpignol La Boheme (Longborough), Mole Fantastic Mr Fox, Giovanni D’aire L’assedio di Calais, Captain Simon Boccanegra, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Demus Jason (ETO), Triquet Eugene Onegin and Beppe Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera), St Brioche The Merry Widow (Opera Project). He has covered roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz, Martinu’s Julietta and Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for ENO.

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Bass

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Sarastro will be sung by Mr Piotr Lempa for the following performances: Truro (10 March), Cheltenham (5 April), York (15 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (13 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (31 May).

Mr Piotr Lempa will sing the role of Speaker on the following dates: London (7, 8 March), Poole (13 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3, 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29, 30 May).

Piotr Lempa is a native of Poland and graduate of RAM, Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Vocal and Acting Faculty at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland. He made his opera debut singing Oroveso Norma for ETO. He has since appeared in productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kátya Kabanová, Halka, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Bastien und Bastienne, and Salome, in Wales, England, Germany and Poland. Future plans include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Patroclus (King Priam) and Publius (La Clemenza di Tito). www.piotrlempa.com

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Bass

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

The resources you sent before were fantastic and were key in helping the kids get the most out of the day. Because they had a really clear picture of the story in their heads they were much freer on the day to enjoy and immerse themselves in the experience. Also being able to learn the songs and getting over the ‘opera shock’ beforehand was great.

Mr Crowley, Teacher, St Paul’s CE Primary School

Excellent performance. Good use of National Curriculum integrated in to parts of the performance.

Ms Costello, St Aloysius Junior School

Brilliant children’s opera + science as well.

Robert Hugill, composer, reviewer (via Twitter)

Would I change anything? No way, the star thing is the acting and singing. You are great.

Charmaine, 10

It made me feel glad but sad in the same time.

Abiel, 10

I really liked the way you put all the detail in the setting and Laika, she looked so real! It was absolutely amazing.

Mya-Leigh, 11

I liked the boy who liked science because he was determined.

Benedict, 10

It was brilliant, very funny and good.

Sean, 10

It made me feel entertained and I learnt something new.

Crystal, 10

Your singing was perfect. Can I be in the opera?

Noel, 10

What I like is the way they controlled Laika. I liked the character who never liked the dog because she was funny.

Siem, 10

It made me feel overjoyed and heartbroken when the dog died.

Carla, 10

Showing At

  1. BBC Stargazing Live - NMM, London
    10th Jan 2013 - 6:00 pm
  2. Science Museum, London
    22nd Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  3. Science Museum, London
    22nd Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  4. Science Museum, London
    23rd Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  5. Science Museum, London
    23rd Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  6. Science Museum, London
    24th Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  7. Science Museum, London
    24th Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  8. Science Museum, London
    25th Jan 2013 - 10:30 am
  9. Science Museum, London
    25th Jan 2013 - 12:30 pm
  10. St Clement Danes Primary School, London
    27th Feb 2013 - 1:45 pm
  11. St Mary's and St John's Primary School, London
    5th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am
  12. Bevington School, London
    7th Mar 2013 - 11:00 am
  13. Holy Trinity Primary School, London
    8th Mar 2013 - 1:30 pm
  14. Ashby Willesly Primary School, Leicester
    12th Mar 2013 - 9:45 am
  15. South Kilworth C of E Primary School, Leicester
    13th Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  16. Cumnor House, Haywards Heath
    14th Mar 2013 - 11:15 am
  17. Wells Park School, Chigwell
    15th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am
  18. Goodmayes Primary School
    15th Mar 2013 - 1:45 pm
  19. Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton
    16th Mar 2013 - 11:00 am
  20. Denbury Primary School
    20th Mar 2013 - 10:15 am
  21. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
    20th Mar 2013 - 2:00 pm
  22. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    21st Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  23. Hawkchurch C of E Primary School
    22nd Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  24. North Walsham High School
    25th Mar 2013 - 1:30 pm
  25. Toftwood School
    26th Mar 2013 - 10:30 am
  26. Stibbard All Saints Primary School
    27th Mar 2013 - 1:15 pm
  27. Uplands Junior School, Wolverhampton
    15th Apr 2013 - 1:30 pm
  28. East Park Primary School, Wolverhampton
    16th Apr 2013 - 10:00 am
  29. Southwold Primary School
    19th Apr 2013 - 10:45 am
  30. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    20th Apr 2013 - 3:00 pm
  31. Harton Primary School, South Shields
    23rd Apr 2013 - 10:15 am
  32. Cleadon Village C of E Primary School
    24th Apr 2013 - 9:45 am
  33. Burbage Primary School, Buxton
    25th Apr 2013 - 10:00 am
  34. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield
    27th Apr 2013 - 2:00 pm
  35. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham
    30th Apr 2013 - 1:45 pm
  36. St Peter's C of E Primary School, Cassington
    3rd May 2013 - 10:30 am
  37. Sydenham Primary School, Leamington Spa
    8th May 2013 - 1:15 pm
  38. Wellesbourne School, Warwickshire
    10th May 2013 - 10:30 am
  39. Warwick Arts Centre
    11th May 2013 - 2:00 pm
  40. Thomas's Day School, London
    13th May 2013 - 9:30 am
  41. Southbank International School, London (Kensington)
    13th May 2013 - 2:00 pm
  42. Fairview School, Perth
    16th May 2013 - 10:00 am
  43. Aberfoyle Primary School
    17th May 2013 - 11:00 am
  44. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    20th May 2013 - 10:30 am
  45. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    20th May 2013 - 1:30 pm
  46. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
    21st May 2013 - 1:15 pm
  47. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    22nd May 2013 - 11:15 am
  48. G Live Guildford
    28th May 2013 - 2:00 pm
  49. artsdepot
    9th Oct 2013 - 2:00 pm
  50. artsdepot
    10th Oct 2013 - 2:00 pm
  51. Armel Opera Festival
    14th Oct 2013 - 6:00 pm
  52. Opéra Grand Avignon
    4th Dec 2013 - 8:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. I loved the peformance it was wonderful
    from goodmayes primary school

    Said jameelah at 17:20pm on 16th Mar 2013

  2. it was excellent i saw it in april in east park school

    Said david at 15:44pm on 5th May 2013

  3. Brilliantly brings to life an area of science which doesn't often get explored in schools, and the ethical question of experimenting on animals for science would make for interesting debate too. I am not so keen on the ending - the dog dies which is obviously sad but then as an attempt to soften the impact an image of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon and discovering Laika (miraculously alive) is shown. This is confusing for children considering the factual events the play is based on.

    Said sarah at 09:11am on 12th Oct 2013

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