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Random Numbers

A story about a lost and found lottery ticket and the moral dilemma that ensues

“Fabulous from beginning to end. An inspirational, well-paced, perfectly pitched project – flexible, multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary.”
Aidan Meech, Staff, John Chilton School

Random Numbers was a new opera written with teenagers from John Chilton School in Ealing. John Chilton is a school for young people with physical needs, and English Touring Opera worked intensively with a group of 20 students aged 13 to 16 throughout the summer term. Music, drama and design sessions all led to a performance on June 21st at 2.00pm in the theatre of the adjacent secondary school. Both students and staff took part in the show, performing with incredible confidence and joy to a packed and enthusiastic audience.

The story was about a lost and found lottery ticket and the moral dilemma that ensued. The ETO team was led by Russell Hepplewhite (composer), Tim Yealland (director), Andrea Carr (designer), Joanna Marie Skillett (soprano), Rebecca Hewes (cello) and Ed Hilton (trombone).

This was a new and exciting collaboration for ETO, working alongside a superb school and exceptional staff and students. The project was made possible by a very generous grant from the John Lyon’s Charity.

Random Numbers photographs by Laurent Compagnon
National lottery image by pittaya

Showing At

  1. John Chilton School, Ealing
    21st Jun 2011 - 2:00 pm
  1. John Chilton School, Ealing — 21st Jun 2011 - 2:00 pm

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Showing At

  1. John Chilton School, Ealing
    21st Jun 2011 - 2:00 pm

Your Comments

  1. This project has been the absolute highlight of the school year. All staff and pupils had a phenomenal time and say it was the best thing to have happened in years. Pupils who were normally demotivated blossomed, thrived and flourished (as did every child). The staff’s confidence and motivation increased too! We long to work with ETO again and can’t praise the project highly enough. It brought joy, empathy, confidence, laughter and inspiration (through beautiful music delivered from extraordinarily talented practitioners, designers, musicians) and the joy and love of theatre.

    Said Aidan Meech (John Chilton School) at 10:45am on 11th Aug 2011

  2. The children enjoyed it. It was good for their confidence. All their opinions were listened to and valued.

    Said Catherine Smith (John Chilton School) at 10:46am on 11th Aug 2011

  3. The students loved it and I loved it too. If I ever got a chance to do it again I would be first in the queue. Thank you for giving the children this opportunity and for allowing the staff to take part.

    Said Tracey McClung (John Chilton School) at 10:46am on 11th Aug 2011

  4. The children got absolutely loads out of the project! Confidence, sense of belonging within a cast, a sense of ownership as they had so much input, joy, ability to express themselves (I could go on..!)

    Said Charlotte Kimber (John Chilton School) at 10:47am on 11th Aug 2011

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