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In this third major project with John Chilton Special School, over 40 students will produce a new opera and film based on a schoolchild’s successful attempt to fly to Rome without a ticket or passport.

Skyriders is a new project devised in partnership with John Chilton Special School in Ealing, involving about 50 students in a series of workshops to produce a new opera and film about a child’s solo flight to Rome.

The story is based on events in the summer of 2012, when Liam Corcoran, an 11-year-old from Manchester, managed to evade security and sneak past police and Manchester Airport authorities to get onto a flight to Rome. At the time, an investigation was launched over the incident, which prompted concerns from the highest levels of government.

The film was premiered on 25th June 2013 as part of a performance including live music and drama. Most of the children in the school were involved in the production of the animation itself, both as filmmakers and animators and also as actors. The film includes the use of green screen filming techniques, to enable the students to fly against their own magical backgrounds. There will be further screenings next year.

The film project was delivered by filmmaker and designer Babis Alexiadis and filmmaker Sima Gonsai. The music theatre part of the project was led by composer Rachel Leach, who also wrote the music for the film, and director Tim Yealland. They were joined by flautist Emma Halnan and double bassist Eloise Riddell, who also play on the soundtrack of the film, and come via the Royal Academy of Music.

This is ETO’s third major project at John Chilton School in three years, following the success of Thief in the Night in June 2012, an opera about a beautiful stork, and Random Numbers in 2011, about a lost and found lottery ticket.

These projects have been made possible by the generous funding of John Lyon’s Charity. Thanks also to Aidan Meech and the wonderful and dedicated staff of John Chilton School.

Showing At

  1. John Chilton School, Ealing
    1st Jul 2014 - 12:00 am
  1. John Chilton School, Ealing — 1st Jul 2014 - 12:00 am

    UB5 5LD

Showing At

  1. John Chilton School, Ealing
    1st Jul 2014 - 12:00 am

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