We received funding from the Arts Council, Philip Bates Trust and The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust to create the full production of a new opera by Greg Harradine ‘Drifting Dragons’ in town centre locations across the borough of Merton during summer 2016 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 that was performed in everyday locations along the high street. The free unticketed performances took place on the street.
Blog Posts from the show
- It's our 5th Birthday!
- 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
- Drifting Dragons Cast Announced
- Sneak peek of 'Drifting Dragons'
- Thanks for supporting Drifting Dragons!
- Drifting Dragons Public Sharing
- Cast announced for 'Drifting Dragons' the new Merton Opera Project
DATES: 26th July – 31st July 2016
There were 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|
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