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Woman singing at Ibn al-Haytham

Al-Haytham's Light

Online curriculum based opera for Key Stage 2

Written by Bradley Travis
Composed by Iain Farrington

Meet Ibn al-Haytham, one of the most important scientists ever to live. In this online, curriculum led opera we will delve into the great scientific discoveries of the Islamic Golden Age, discovering the beauty and mystery of light; what it is, what it does for us, how various it is, how it refracts and reflects…

Told through song, lots of fun, and practical experiments we join Ibn al-Haytham in making one of the most striking discoveries of all time – how we see!

See below for a Teacher's Pack Preview, with all the materials you need for Lesson 1.

Get in touch if you want a special Remote Learning Pack for use at home, or ask your child's school to be in touch with us to get access to this opera.

The show features interactive songs, experiments, and suggested participation.

The show is being released to schools in 6 online episodes with a teacher’s pack including 7 lesson plans with science, maths, history curriculum links and 3 short music lesson plans. For use in the classroom or as part of a Remote Learning curriculum.

Special thanks to 1001 Inventions, Khayaal Theatre Company, Theatre Peckham, Joanna Marie Skillett and Chloe Chapman


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Associate Artist (Learning & Participation)



Running Time

35 mins

Age Guidance



Iain Farrington - Composer
Bradley Travis - Writer-Director
Sunny Moon-Little - Designer
Matthew Ferguson - Cinematographer
Jan Capinski - Audio Engineer
Adam Mottley - Lighting Designer
Kinga Czynciel - 1st Assistant Director


Neil Balfour - Ibn al-Haytham
Ellie Edmonds - Woman
Amy Green - Saxophone
Jonny Raper - Percussion

Canons Choir North London Collegiate School - Children's voices