Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and remarkable tale of a hyper-sensitive firework, in a raucous and bombastic, new adaptation by Waste Paper Opera.
“If you’ve an interest in what we say and do, then it is what you make it, we’ll make it for you, but we’re a few pennies short of the perfect sum of money to showcase what we can become” – Catherine Wheel
What is it?
A brand new opera based on Oscar Wilde’s classic short story, The Remarkable Rocket.
When is it?
10th August 2016
Where is it?
Who is it?
A Birmingham based opera company, founded in 2012. We specialise in humour, the clichés of opera, making old things new and collaboration with artists from different disciplines.
Why is it?
Because ne’er hath there been an opera about an arrogant firework who wets himself with his own tears. Now there is one, and we are madly in love with it, and we want to show it to you.
What awaits you?
A show master from another world; a royal wedding; a piece of Oscar Wilde that has never been seen on stage; a Catherine Wheel with a broken heart; a bullying Bengal Light; Squibs: a pompous Roman Candle; AND the most sensitive Rocket the world has ever seen. Furthermore: three hundred years of opera history; voices that will tear your heart out; a bombastic ensemble; paper thin humans and fireworks with blood in their veins; a forest full of names; and unforeseen sounds; confetti.
But we need you!
We have so very little money for this, but a lot of passion!
We have secured a certain amount of money already towards the project but we’re not quite there yet. Help us to ensure that our brilliant performers get paid the money they deserve! Allow us to have more rehearsal time! Help us make our costumes breathtaking and our stage beautiful! Let our promotion material reach the furthest corner of the globe!
Come and see the show!
Please join us 10th August in London. And if you have a spare Pound, Euro or Dollar, please support us! We have a range of really great rewards on offer for any pledge!
Written and Directed by James Oldham and Klara Kofen
Music by James Oldham
Design by Klara Kofen
Musical Direction by Daniel Galbreath
Video and visuals by David Stanley
Janet Forbes – Coloratura Soprano
Suzie Purkis – Mezzo-Soprano
Meili Li – Countertenor
Przemyslaw Baranek – Baritone
Dingle Yandell – Bass-Baritone
Jenny Wood – Oboe
Aaron Diaz – Trumpet
Richard Foote – Trombone
Euan Palmer – Drums
Paul Zaba – Accordion
Sarah Farmer – Violin
Daniel Galbreath – Viola
Sara Gale – Cello