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Programme from our 2013 community opera 'Road Rage'. Music: Orlando Gough Libretto: Richard Stilgoe

Transcript of Road Rage Programme

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    World premiere performances

    19 July 2013, 7pm

    20 July 2013, 2.30pm & 7pm

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    Welcome to the world premiere performances of Road Rage Garsington Operas first community opera.

    A wonderfully ambitious project, Road Rage features over 180 amateur performers from local schools and the community, working alongside professional soloists and players from Britains leading orchestral academy, Southbank Sinfonia.

    The starting point for Road Rage came directly from the local community, following a two-year residency by Garsington Opera Education with schools and community groups local to Wormsley. In collaboration with our partner schools and music hubs a huge cast was formed with distinct ownership of the project, expertly trained and directed by our world-class creative and production teams.

    Composed by Orlando Gough, with a libretto by Richard Stilgoe and staged in our award-winning Opera Pavilion, Road Rage has been produced with the same care and attention as anything from this years opera season. This level of consideration demonstrates the fundamental importance we attach to our education work, now and for the future.

    We are immensely grateful for the imagination and commitment of the many supporters who helped realise this venture. Special thanks go to Youth Music and to Baron and Baroness de Turckheim and their family foundation, La Fondation Terrvent, for their generous support.

    We hope you enjoy seeing Road Rage as much as we and our wonderful community cast have enjoyed creating it.

    Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director

    Director Karen Gillingham

    Conductor Susanna Stranders

    Vocal Director Lea Cornthwaite

    Designer Rhiannon Newman Brown

    Lighting Designer Chris Vaughan

    Assistant Director Katherine Wilde

    Repetiteur Wyn Hyland

    Deputy Repetiteurs Sam Laughton, Amber Rainey, Tim Venvell, Tom Wakeley

    Producer Kate Laughton

    Company Manager Andrew Miller


    Girl Clare Presland

    Surveyor Alexander Byron Hargreaves

    Minister Daniel Norman

    Activist Peter Willcock

    Arts Council EnglandThe Blackwell Charitable TrustThe Bergqvist Charitable TrustCHK Charities LtdThe DOyly Carte Charitable TrustFuserna FoundationThe Garfield Weston FoundationThe Kathleen Hannay Memorial CharityLeonard Ingrams FoundationMercers Charitable Foundation

    The Michael Tippett Musical FoundationOld Possums Practical TrustPF Charitable TrustPRS for Music FoundationRichardsons Chartered AccountantsThe Steel Charitable TrustLa Fondation TerrventYouth MusicOne anonymous donor

    Additional design workshops were supported by West Wycombe Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) and Speen Festival.

    Special thanks to our sponsors Jamie Olivers Fabulous Feasts and the Wormsley Estate for their support of this project.

    Road Rage was commissioned by Garsington Opera Education.

    It has been made possible thanks to the support of a number of individuals and organisations. Garsington Opera is grateful to the following for their generous support.

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    An opera in one act

    Music Orlando Gough

    Libretto Richard Stilgoe

    19 July 2013, 7pm20 July 2013, 2.30pm & 7pm

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    Schools Cast

    stokenchurch primary school

    dormiceLara CampbellVarun DineshKacey Edgar-HedgesMillie HansonOliver JamesIsabel Munger-StylesGeorgia PittArun Sreenivasan

    foxes Ben Burton Isabella DinleyDevon GrimsdellDaisy-May HudsonTravis LudlowConnor ThurstonAbigail Tilbury

    rabbits Courtney BrownAngelina GoosenRoux KerrJessica MaxwellAlex McTavishJames ThreadgoldCharlotte TrothAlex Youle

    squirrels Katie-Jane BlaylockDexter DinleyNina Jolly-ReynoldsLeonie SargeantZara SkidmoreEloise TomkinsonTed Woodise

    chalgrove community primary school

    apple TreesEllie-Mae AdamsCharlotte ArnoldAshley BowdenDaniel CantwellCharlotte CroxfordElla JolleyBeatrice JusticeAdam MorrisElizabeth Tattersall

    Blossom TreesJoshua BarkerHolly CampbellLewis CampbellFinley CarterJack Alexander CarterLeah CliftonHolly CrosthwaiteEmily HawesHayley HawesGeorge NixeyFinley SpiersHannah Wasmuth

    oak Trees Zoe BowmanMalachy BromellReece BruceOlivia GaskinThomas HarrisonTyan HawkinsTom MercerMegan ReesOlivia Soper

    ibstone cofe infant school

    newts/ Village childrenToby Axford-LavinOliver BallJack ClarkOscar Clinton-GreenAdam FordKane GaskaMia GaskaEllie GowersLottie GraceyIschia La PlacaJessica MeekAlex PittHenry PrinceMatthew RavenNicole RavenJessica RhodesLuke RiderWilliam SaintTyler SwallowHazari TamanaSam VaughanFinn Williams JonesGeron Williams Jones

    Youth Cast

    KitesJuliette DudleySophie HaxworthOliver Winter

    Kite UnderstudiesEmma TuckerRebecca Winter

    reporterJenna Overstolz (20 July evening), Jennifer Swallow (19 July & 20 July matinee)

    Teenage BoyDan Biss

    Teenage GirlHarmony Hill

    advisorsEmilie BarretBen BissDan BissSam BissImmy CreedClaire DeardsMonty GrahamIzzy HiggsHarmony HillGeorge MarcouCatriona McTavishDaisy MossopStephanie NichollsSophie ShanahanJoe SiddyElle Treacher-MorleyEmma TuckerAnnie WebbRebecca WinterGeorgia WoodwardRosie Wotherspoon

    Adult Cast

    roman surveyorsStephen BucknillAndrew Mactavish

    roman centuriansPhil BirtlesBernard CarterRob HillPeter Willcock

    slaves / activistsJoanna BainsPhil BirtlesJosephine BissWendy BrandGeorgie BrooksRos CadoganLynn CallaghanHelen ColeAlicia CorreiaCharlotte DennisPhilip HayesLynnie HighfieldRob HillMary-Anne HowlinKate HusseySarah KlamutJudy KnowlesJohnny LangridgeVerna LipinskiHeather RamsayNigel RobertsonBecky SaundersUte ScraceBess SharpeJennifer SwallowCaroline SwanboroughMaria SweeneyDiana TelferBritta von LewinskiAmy Whelan

    VillagersHilary Beck-BurridgePhil BirtlesCarolyn BradfieldFrank BrooksManon BrownStephen BucknillDavid CairnsBernard CarterJan ChannerHarriet DenneAmanda Drake-BrockmanAude Dupont-DudleyLouise EdwardsJudith EsseryAngela FarquharRosemary ForestNikki GraceyJackie GrahamSue HammondPhilip HayesRob HillKatie HintonCate HollowayMike HowlettJohnny LangridgeSue LawtonAndrew MactavishPauline MactavishJane McBainAngela McTavishLois NisbetHelen OrchardSteve OrchardJenna Overstolz Sue PriceDavid RedhouseMark RichardsonWendy RichardsonNigel RobertsonCatherine SakerJillian SeddonCarol ShufflebothamDavid ShufflebothamSue SmithJenni ThackwrayAngela TremayneSilvana TurnerCarolyn Wyndham

    I really enjoyed the activity making the tails. I will do some at home for my bedroom. Millie

    I like it when we all come together and it makes a harmony. ellie

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    Road Rage Synopsisprologue It is 200AD. Despite the slow collapse of the Roman economy, the Romans are still building new roads in obsessively straight lines. A trio of hungry Red Kites watch as two surveyors plan the route.

    A gang of ancient British slaves, whipped into shape by two Centurions, are moving an 8 cube of chalk on its way to be part of a temple miles away. Thinking them easy meat, the Kites attack. The slaves run away, leaving the stone slap in the middle of the route of the new road. The Centurions drink a lot of wine, and also run away not in a straight line.

    Trenton oldfield, The Village Green, the present day The stone has stood, unchanged, for 1800 years. It is now surrounded by talkative trees and animals, and provides a trysting place for the villages young lovers.

    A Surveyor arrives, with plans for a new motorway. He is accosted by a feisty young woman (the Girl), who persuades the trees, the animals, the car commuters and the bus queue to object to the road.

    outside the ministers house The Minister of Infrastructure who is also the local MP is relieved that the new motorway (like the Roman Road, a vanity project designed to give the impression that the economy is doing better than it is) will not go through his beautiful park, but across the village green.

    His improbably young advisers are furious that the Surveyor has given away the proposed route before they were able to control the information. The Minister sings about the frustrations of being a politician hampered by party lines and protocol.

    The Village Green The Surveyor is on the green again, and the Girl again accosts him having just photographed the information on his laptop. They disagree vehemently, but also find each other confusingly attractive.

    The Village Hall The Minister is addressing the Girl and the village. The Girl now knows about the planned road. The trees and animals eavesdrop.

    The meeting ends in uproar, with the whole village determined to prevent this unwanted change.

    The ministry of infrastructure Plans for damage limitation after the disastrous meeting. The Girl, as well as tragically losing her mother, has a father who gives thousands to the party. She must be carefully handled, with spin.

    The Village Green The village slowly comes apart as it disagrees about how (and whether) to protest. Old resentments surface.

    By the stone The Girl and the Surveyor grow closer despite their continued disagreement over the road.

    A group of professional activists arrive, and instruct the village in the business of protesting the ineffectiveness of people, and the value of wildlife (especially barn owls, bats and newts) and archaeology. It is decided to proclaim the stone an early Christian shrine, and therefore untouchable. A television reporter broadcasts the important news.

    The ministry The advisors are disturbed by the TV broadcast, but decide to spin it to their advantage the stone is so important it must be moved to the British Museum. And everything must go slowly, so the protestors and the media run out of steam.

    The stone Days and weeks pass. The Surveyor is