ENGAGEMENT IS AMAZINGLY REWARDING
Opera sounds beautiful, but then so does the sound of a roomful of young people buzzing as they take part in a theatre design workshop, or parents waxing lyrically about how grateful they are that we’ve been doing work in areas that might not normally offer arts activities like stage combat or puppetry. It’s been a pleasure to see how seriously Baseless Fabric takes its community engagement projects – from school groups visiting Wimbledon Tennis, workshops in Mitcham Library – and I’m excited to start playing a role in making these things happen.
SOUTH LONDON IS BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE
TWO LEOS ARE BETTER (BUT MORE COMPLICATED) THAN ONE
THE WIMBLEDON FOUNDATION ARE INCREDIBLE
There are some wonderful perks of having committed backing from the Wimbledon Foundation, not least that the school pupils we’ve been working with got to go on a private tour of the Wimbledon Tennis grounds, and most importantly, compare their shoe size with famous tennis players. And guess who got to tag along?
BASELESS FABRIC ARE TRULY COOL
I come from a background of wacky arrangements of classic operas, and in a world where people can be quite traditionalist about opera, it’s been lovely to find a company of kindred spirits who share the sense that operas can be made relevant not merely by changing the staging, but also going right back into the libretto itself. I can’t wait to see the production of Die Fledermaus take shape over the summer.