Independent opera company W11 Opera producers operas performed by young people aged 9-18. Since being founded in 1971 by St. James’ Church, W11 Opera has produced 40 new operas starring over 2000 children from more than 100 schools. This year the production is SHADOWTRACKS, an original opera by Julian Grant and Christina Jones, with a cast of nearly 70 young people.
Under the watchful eye of the station clock commuters rush to catch the last train home. But it is not only the present that leaves its footprint on the bustling concourse. In the empty station, moonlight reveals shadowtracks gently vibrating with the arrival of the Necropolis train, bringing ghosts and memories back down the line. The ghosts must leave by daybreak, but when the train breaks down Victorian children, soldiers, evacuees and suffragettes all become stranded in the present. Will the Ascot party and the football fans see them? And who is the strange lady sitting patiently under the clock? SHADOWTRACKS is an engrossing story that will captivate the whole family.
Eve Best and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are patrons of the company and previous cast members include Celine Buckens (Emilie in Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse) and Jonathan Antoine (Runner-Up in Britain’s Got Talent 2012). Past composers include George Fenton, Julian Philips, Phil Porter, Russell Hepplewhite, Stuart Hancock, John Barber and Cecilia MacDowell.
W11 Opera has been sponsored by for the past 16 years.
POSK Theatre, Hammersmith, 238-246 King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF
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