Shackleton's Cat

Shackleton’s Cat returns in 2018, as part of ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people

A compelling and accurate hour-long distillation of perhaps the greatest battle for survival of modern times.

★★★★ THE TIMES

An outstanding piece, which will remain etched in the memories of all the children lucky enough to see it.

★★★★★ OPERA NOW

Shackleton’s Cat returns in 2018, as part of ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people. The opera features nine performers, including singers and players, and tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs, a puppet cat, and comprehensive resources for teachers, compiled in partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. Curriculum topics include music, drama, geography, science, literacy and maths.

The story itself begins in 2015, when scientists measuring the alarming changes in the levels of the polar sea-ice make an astonishing discovery: The bones of a cat. They belong to Mrs Chippy, the carpenter’s cat on the Endurance, and best friend to the young Welsh stowaway Perce Blackborow. At the heart of the opera is Shackleton himself, perhaps the greatest expedition leader of all time. The opera follows the crew as they set sail from Buenos Aires to the incredible rescue after months of hardship.

The opera lasts just over an hour and is created for children aged 7-11 and their families. Two months ahead of ETO’s visit schools are sent a CD and sheet music of three songs the children join in with, as well as a comprehensive teacher’s pack, which includes information about the piece and the story, and its curriculum links. The pack contains activities for classes.

Shackleton’s Cat is created by composer Russell Hepplewhite and director Tim Yealland and is designed by Jude Munden – the team behind ETO’s recent children’s operas Silver Electra, Laika the Spacedog and Borka.

We visit schools, libraries and smaller theatre venues, so if you’d like to book a performance, please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

Showing At

  1. Southbank International School, London (Kensington)
    7th Mar 2018 - 2:15 pm
  2. Constantine School, Truro
    13th Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm
  3. Baden Powell & St Peters CE Junior School, Poole
    16th Mar 2018 - 10:30 am
  4. Charminster Library
    17th Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm
  5. St Luke's Primary School
    22nd Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm
  6. Caterham School
    27th Mar 2018 - 11:00 am
  7. Bellerby Studio, G Live
    4th Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
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  8. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    14th Apr 2018 - 3:00 pm
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  9. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
    19th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am
  10. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    20th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am
  11. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
    21st Apr 2018 - 10:30 am
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  12. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
    21st Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
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  13. Rendcomb College, Cirencester
    25th Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
  14. Springbank Primary Academy
    27th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am
  15. Lordswood Library
    1st May 2018 - 1:00 pm
  16. Stibbard All Saints Primary School
    3rd May 2018 - 2:00 pm
  17. Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal
    4th May 2018 - 10:30 am
  18. Vauxhall Primary School
    8th May 2018 - 11:00 am
  19. Tickhill Estfeld Primary School
    11th May 2018 - 1:30 pm
  20. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
    15th May 2018 - 1:30 pm
  21. North Muirton Primary, Perth
    17th May 2018 - 11:00 am
  22. Canada Water Library, London
    19th May 2018 - 1:00 pm
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  23. Canada Water Library, London
    19th May 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  24. Albany Theatre
    20th May 2018 - 10:30 am
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  25. Albany Theatre
    20th May 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  26. Exeter School
    24th May 2018 - 2:15 pm
  27. Barley Lane School, Exeter
    25th May 2018 - 11:00 am
  28. Explore Acomb, York
    2nd Jun 2018 - 3:00 pm
  29. St George and St Martin Catholic Academy
    4th Jun 2018 - 2:00 pm
  30. Thameside Theatre
    18th Jun 2018 - 10:00 am
  31. Thameside Theatre
    18th Jun 2018 - 11:30 am
  32. Thameside Theatre
    18th Jun 2018 - 1:00 pm
  1. Southbank International School, London (Kensington) — 7th Mar 2018 - 2:15 pm

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

  2. Constantine School, Truro — 13th Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Trebarvah Road, Constantine, TR11 5AG

  3. Baden Powell & St Peters CE Junior School, Poole — 16th Mar 2018 - 10:30 am

    Mill Lane, Poole, BH14 8UL

  4. Charminster Library — 17th Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm

    4 Strouden Ave , Bournemouth , BH8 9HT

  5. St Luke's Primary School — 22nd Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm

    SK13 7BS

  6. Caterham School — 27th Mar 2018 - 11:00 am

    Harestone Valley Rd, Caterham, CR3 6YA

  7. Bellerby Studio, G Live — 4th Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

  8. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings — 14th Apr 2018 - 3:00 pm

    IP17 1SP

  9. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge — 19th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am

    Ascham Road, Cambridge, CB4 2BD

  10. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge — 20th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am

    Carlton Way, Cambridge, CB4 2DE

  11. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute — 21st Apr 2018 - 10:30 am

    Lensfield Rd, Cambridge , CB2 1ER

  12. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute — 21st Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Lensfield Rd, Cambridge , CB2 1ER

  13. Rendcomb College, Cirencester — 25th Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Rendcomb, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7HA

  14. Springbank Primary Academy — 27th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am

    Springbank Way, Cheltenham , GL51 0PH

  15. Lordswood Library — 1st May 2018 - 1:00 pm

    33 Kestrel Road, Chatham, ME5 8TH

  16. Stibbard All Saints Primary School — 3rd May 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Fulmodeston Road, Stibbard, Fakenham, NR21 0LT

  17. Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal — 4th May 2018 - 10:30 am

    18 Chantry Rd, Norwich , NR2 1RF

  18. Vauxhall Primary School — 8th May 2018 - 11:00 am

    Vauxhall Street, SE11 5LG

  19. Tickhill Estfeld Primary School — 11th May 2018 - 1:30 pm

    Common Lane, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9JA

  20. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle — 15th May 2018 - 1:30 pm

    NE4 9YH

  21. North Muirton Primary, Perth — 17th May 2018 - 11:00 am

    Uist Place, Perth, PH1 3BY

  22. Canada Water Library, London — 19th May 2018 - 1:00 pm

    21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

  23. Canada Water Library, London — 19th May 2018 - 3:00 pm

    21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

  24. Albany Theatre — 20th May 2018 - 10:30 am

    Douglas Way, London , SE8 4AG

  25. Albany Theatre — 20th May 2018 - 1:00 pm

    Douglas Way, London , SE8 4AG

  26. Exeter School — 24th May 2018 - 2:15 pm

    Victoria Park Road , Exeter, EX2 4NS

  27. Barley Lane School, Exeter — 25th May 2018 - 11:00 am

    Exeter, EX4 1TA

  28. Explore Acomb, York — 2nd Jun 2018 - 3:00 pm

    yo24 3BZ

  29. St George and St Martin Catholic Academy — 4th Jun 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Boulton Street, ST1 2NQ

  30. Thameside Theatre — 18th Jun 2018 - 10:00 am

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

  31. Thameside Theatre — 18th Jun 2018 - 11:30 am

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

  32. Thameside Theatre — 18th Jun 2018 - 1:00 pm

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

A compelling and accurate hour-long distillation of perhaps the greatest battle for survival of modern times.

★★★★ THE TIMES

An outstanding piece, which will remain etched in the memories of all the children lucky enough to see it.

★★★★★ OPERA NOW

Excellent! You had our students hooked from the beginning. I have never heard them applaud so long and so loudly as they did at the end of your performance! [You provided] a very good pack that is suitable for all levels of achievement and gives excellent ideas for follow-up work. My students are now embarking on Shackleton’s voyage with him and writing diaries on the way. They can now use the ideas from the opera, along with drama in class, photographs and props to make this work more meaningful. Indeed the students themselves are excited about the work too! Thank you for such an outstanding performance.

MARYON SHADDOCK, TEACHER, WOODSIDE SCHOOL, BELVEDERE, KENT

Showing At

  1. Southbank International School, London (Kensington)
    7th Mar 2018 - 2:15 pm
  2. Constantine School, Truro
    13th Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm
  3. Baden Powell & St Peters CE Junior School, Poole
    16th Mar 2018 - 10:30 am
  4. Charminster Library
    17th Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm
  5. St Luke's Primary School
    22nd Mar 2018 - 2:00 pm
  6. Caterham School
    27th Mar 2018 - 11:00 am
  7. Bellerby Studio, G Live
    4th Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    14th Apr 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  9. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
    19th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am
  10. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    20th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am
  11. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
    21st Apr 2018 - 10:30 am
    Book Online Now
  12. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
    21st Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  13. Rendcomb College, Cirencester
    25th Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
  14. Springbank Primary Academy
    27th Apr 2018 - 11:00 am
  15. Lordswood Library
    1st May 2018 - 1:00 pm
  16. Stibbard All Saints Primary School
    3rd May 2018 - 2:00 pm
  17. Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal
    4th May 2018 - 10:30 am
  18. Vauxhall Primary School
    8th May 2018 - 11:00 am
  19. Tickhill Estfeld Primary School
    11th May 2018 - 1:30 pm
  20. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
    15th May 2018 - 1:30 pm
  21. North Muirton Primary, Perth
    17th May 2018 - 11:00 am
  22. Canada Water Library, London
    19th May 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  23. Canada Water Library, London
    19th May 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  24. Albany Theatre
    20th May 2018 - 10:30 am
    Book Online Now
  25. Albany Theatre
    20th May 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  26. Exeter School
    24th May 2018 - 2:15 pm
  27. Barley Lane School, Exeter
    25th May 2018 - 11:00 am
  28. Explore Acomb, York
    2nd Jun 2018 - 3:00 pm
  29. St George and St Martin Catholic Academy
    4th Jun 2018 - 2:00 pm
  30. Thameside Theatre
    18th Jun 2018 - 10:00 am
  31. Thameside Theatre
    18th Jun 2018 - 11:30 am
  32. Thameside Theatre
    18th Jun 2018 - 1:00 pm

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