Shackleton's Cat

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

Composer 
Russell Hepplewhite
Director and Writer 
Tim Yealland
Designer 
Jude Munden
Revival Director 
Susan Moore
Music Director 
Hannah Quinn
Staff Director 
Matthew Bosley

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
  8. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    14th Apr 2018 - 3:00 pm
  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
  12. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
    21st Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
  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
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  24. Albany Theatre
    20th May 2018 - 10:30 am
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  25. Albany Theatre
    20th May 2018 - 1:00 pm
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  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

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.

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director and 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.

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.

Susan Moore

Susan Moore

Revival Director

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.

Hannah Quinn

Hannah Quinn

Music Director

Matthew Bosley

Matthew Bosley

Staff Director

Cast

Ed Ballard

Ed Ballard

Shackleton / Hurley

Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover

McNishNick McNish / Volunteer A/ Orde-Lees

Andrew was born in New Zealand and graduated the Australian Opera Studio with Honours and the Dux award for excellence.

Recent appearances have included Tinca, Il tabarro, Gherardo, Gianni Schicchi and cover Bunce, Fantastic Mr Fox (all ETO); Bardolfo, Falstaff, Abdallo, Nabucco (both IFAC Tokyo); Tito, La clemenza di Tito, Msr Triquet, Eugene Onegin (both New Zealand Opera); Remendado, Carmen, Un Voce, La Gioconda (both Opera Holland Park); Don Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro (Vignette Productions).

He has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals with ensembles including the Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Perth Orchestra, the Australian Opera Studio, the NBR NZ Opera Company.

Future engagements include Vašek, The Bartered Bride.

Jamie Rock

Jamie Rock

Worsley / McIllroy/ Tom

Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

Wilde/ Ronald/ Sorlle

Ian Beadle

Ian Beadle

Shackleton/Sven/Conrad Anker/Volunteer B

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Worsley / McIllroy/ Tom

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.

Jonny Raper

Jonny Raper

Percurssion

Jonathan Hassan

Jonathan Hassan

French horn

Matthew Bosley

Matthew Bosley

Perce Blackborrow

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
  8. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    14th Apr 2018 - 3:00 pm
  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
  12. The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
    21st Apr 2018 - 2:00 pm
  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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