We received funding from the Arts Council, Philip Bates Trust and The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust to create the full production of our new opera by Greg Harradine ‘Drifting Dragons’ in town centre locations across the borough of Merton this summer and also at the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.
You can see a sneak peek of the show in the video by clicking here.
Sadie is the red dragon. Jason is the green dragon. It’s been that way since nursery. But now as they edge towards their late twenties, their lives pull them in different directions. Will their friendship suffer a final, fatal rupture, or endure stronger than ever? Inspired by real issues of real Merton people we’ve spoken to, this new opera puts modern friendship under the microscope, examining the pressures that push some relationships to breaking point, and the joys that sustain others despite the odds.
Drifting Dragons is an opera about everyday life performed in everyday locations along the high street. The free unticketed performances take place on the street. Watch the performance pop-up then follow the story!
Blog Posts from the show:
- Big thanks to everyone involved in Drifting Dragons
- Are you interested in singing or acting in Merton?
- Composing Drifting Dragons
- Interviews with the cast of Drifting Dragons
- Cast announced for 'Drifting Dragons'
DATES: 26th July – 31st July 2016
There are ten performance locations across the Merton borough and two performances as part of the Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Opera Festival in Hackney.
|Date||Time||Starting Location||Area||Post Code / Map Link|
|Tue 26th||2.30pm||Wyevale Garden Centre Cafe||Lower Morden||SM4 4SJ|
|Tue 26th||5.30pm||The Gorringe Park Pub||Tooting Station||SW17 9HW|
|Wed 27th||2.30pm||M&S Cafe, The Qube Centre||Colliers Wood||SW19 1DD|
|Wed 27th||5.30pm||Cafe La Lavella||Morden||SM4 5HT|
|Thu 28th||1.00pm||New Horizon Centre Cafe||Pollards Hill||CR4 1LT|
|Thu 28th||5.30pm||Station Starbucks||Raynes Park||SW20 0JY|
|Fri 29th||2.30pm||Tag Elezz Cafe||Mitcham||Cafe opposite Wimbledon Guild shop|
|Fri 29th||5.30pm||Patisserie Valerie||Wimbledon Town Centre||SW19 1QB|
|Sat 30th||3.30pm||Dalston Square||Grimeborn Opera Festival||E8 3BQ|
|Sat 30th||6pm||Dalston Square||Grimeborn Opera Festival||E8 3BQ|
|Sun 31st||2pm||Saucer & Cup||Wimbledon Park||SW19 8AD|
|Sun 31st||5pm||Maison St Cassien||Wimbledon Village||SW19 5EE|
Felicity trained at the RNCM where she received the Eunice Pettigrew Prize and graduated with 1st Class Honours, and later on ENO’s Opera Works programme. She currently studies privately with Mary Plazas.
Her operatic appearances include Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Up Close); Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld and Ida/cover Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (Opera Danube); Cunaide Iernin (Surrey Opera); Una, Kiss Me, Figaro! (Merry Opera) and Mercedes Carmen (Co-Opera Co). She has also spent seasons in the chorus at Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera where she covered Annina in La Traviata, and as a chorus mentor for Birmingham Opera.
Felicity is in demand for solo oratorio, and performs and records extensively as a professional consort singer, including appearing on Eric Whitacre’s Grammy Award-winning choral disc, Light and Gold. She spent the festive season of 2015 as a soloist at Norfolk’s Thursford Christmas Spectacular, and she is also a singing tutor and experienced choral animateur, leading workshops for a variety of groups of people.
Felicity has just finished English Touring Opera’s Spring 2016 season, playing the role of Mama in Dust Child, a specially-written opera for children with special educational needs, alongside chorus in the mainstage shows.
Louis Hurst is a young bass baritone studying with Stuart MacIntyre and has been selected to participate in the 2015/2016 ENO Opera Works Programme. He studied at RNCM which was made possible by the generous support of Michael Oglesby, the Drapers Guild and the Musician’s Benevolent Fund. His love of music developed during his time at Manchester Grammar School where he sang as a treble chorister. Louis has had the privilege to work with such renowned conductors as Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Martyn Brabbins, Stephen Wilkinson and Nicholas Kraemer, amongst others. His opera roles have been eclectic and unusual, from a Lion to a Greek King and even God.
Nicholas is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School where he studied with Tim Evans-Jones. Recent roles include Peter ‘Hänsel und Gretel, Doctor Falke ‘Die Fledermaus’, Sid ‘Albert Herring’ (RCMIOS), Erasto ‘Giove in Argo’ (London Handel Festival), L’horloge comtoise and Le Chat ‘L’enfant et les Sortileges’ (RCMIOS), and Guglielmo ‘Così fan tutte’ in workshop with Sir Thomas Allen. He has also created the role of The Architect ‘Serpentine; the analysis of beauty’ for an RCM collaboration with Tete a Tete. Upcoming roles include Malatesta for Euphonia Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ and Captain (cover) for Independent Opera’s production of ‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’ by Karl Hartmann.
A keen recitalist, Nicholas has performed at the British Embassy in Paris, the Elgar rooms in the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, and Leith Hill Place. He is equally at home on the concert platform and regularly appears as soloist for oratorio works including the Requiem Masses of Brahms, Mozart, Faure, and Durufle, Bach’s Passions and Handel’s Messiah. Nicholas is extremely grateful to have been supported by a Richard Carne Scholarship, and a Tutton Award by Help Musicians UK. He is particularly thankful for the continued support of Philip Carne and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Julia is an actress and musician.
She trained on the Two Year Acting course at Drama Studio London, and has since performed in various theatre, television and short film productions. Theatre productions have included “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” at Wilton’s Music Hall, “The Boy Friend” at the Bridewell Theatre/UK tour, “Farewell Sister” at The New Diorama Theatre, “Still I See My Baby” with The Young Vic – Freshworks, “Fulfil Me Fully, Phil” at The Space, and “Lady Connie and the Suffragettes” with Classworks Theatre/Cambridge Devised Theatre – UK tour.
As a violinist Julia has played in various chamber groups and bands, and she has played for theatre productions at the Finborough Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Union Theatre, Courtyard Theatre and Soho Theatre.
Guitarist & Composer
Greg has an MMus Composing for Film & TV from Kingston University and a BMus Music Technology (Hons), First Class, also from Kingston. Since graduating from his MMus in 2010 he has been a freelance composer and musician working in London and around the UK. In 2014 he was composer-in-residence at Soho Theatre, helping to develop several plays and musicals including I Kiss Your Heart which involved setting the poetry of Dylan Thomas to music with Grammy Award-winning singer Lady Rizo. Other theatre companies he has composed for recently include Camisado Club, Look Left Look Right, Whispering Beasts, Theatre Uncut and the Young Vic.
Recent commissions include King Mackerel, a new community opera for the inaugural Swanage Fish Festival, and two pieces commemorating the centenary of WW1: By Your Side for the Military Wives Choirs and Letters to the Frontline for Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.
He was a finalist in the Royal Shakespeare Company 2015 Songwriting Competition and a judge for the 2015 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award. He performs regularly on piano and guitar as an accompanist for choirs and singers.
Greg received the 2014 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award, resulting in a year’s residency at Soho Theatre. He was composer and pianist for By Moonlight Theatre when they won the Best Theatre Award at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2012 for their production of East by Stephen Berkoff.