Free Opera Event for Ipswich A touch of “Dry Rot”
Building on the success of the last 25 years of free live Big Screen broadcasts, the Royal Opera House is delighted to announce this summer’s BP Summer Big Screen performance of The Royal Opera’s La bohème. Ipswich residents and visitors can watch this world-class production of opera on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm at Christchurch Park when it will be beamed live from Covent Garden. The Royal Opera House first screened a live performance on a Big Screen in Covent Garden Piazza 1987. From those humble beginnings, where hundreds of people came to see Plácido Domingo perform in La bohème, it is fitting that 25 years later we celebrate with the return of this most famous of operas.
Whether audiences are new to opera or already devotees, the BP Summer Big Screen relays offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the very best from the Royal Opera House. The screening will also include exclusive backstage footage and live audience interaction. Opera’s greatest love story, La bohème, returns in this beautifully detailed traditional production starring Celine Byrne and Joseph Calleja under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.
Perfect for new opera audiences the free BP
Summer Big Screen live relay of Puccini’s La bohème, the story of a struggling poet whose life changes forever after meeting a beautiful fragile young woman is the ideal place to start. Des Violaris, BP’s UK Director for Arts and Culture, said, “This is a unique opportunity to connect people and communities across the UK by bringing opera and ballet performances live from the Royal Opera House into the lives of people who may not normally have an opportunity go to experience the very best in these art forms.” • To find out more visit www.roh.org.uk/bpbigscreens
New Play Commemorates St Clement’s Hospital
Red Rose Chain, the team behind Theatre In The Forest, is delighted to reveal news of their latest production, Different Buttons. Written by Red Rose Chain’s Artistic Director Joanna Carrick, Different Buttons commemorates the history of St Clement’s Hospital in Ipswich, following its recent closure. The play follows on from the phenomenal success of “Fallen In Love”, Carrick’s historical drama about the life of Anne Boleyn.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Different Buttons explores St Clement’s Hospital’s significance to the local community through its 140 year history and will perform in the hospital building in May. This stunning new play brings to life characters from the hospital’s incredible history and offers a unique opportunity to see inside one of the last remaining Victorian asylums in the country.
Carrick said, “It is a great honour for Red Rose Chain to be able to create a new play about the history of St Clement’s Hospital. The hospital has had an impact on many people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas and has been a home for many of those people. The play aims to honour the experience of some of those people.
“In the development of Different Buttons we as a company have worked extensively with people who had been patients at St Clements Hospital, staff and former staff. We’ve undertaken a huge amount of research into the hospital’s history, from the building of the hospital, to the first patients that used it and right up to the present day. It has
been hugely important for Red Rose Chain to allow those people whose lives have been touched by St Clement’s Hospital to have a voice. “Different Buttons is set to bring to life the local history of our community, connecting audiences with the past in a way that is thought-provoking and emotionally charged.” Different Buttons is part of a joint project with Red Rose Chain, Inside Out Community and Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to mark the history of St Clement’s Hospital.
This new professional production is suitable for ages 13 and over. It runs from Tuesday 22nd May until Friday 1st June. For more details and to book tickets, please visit www.redrosechain.com
or call the Box Office on 01473 603388.
The Deben Players are presenting “Dry Rot” by John Chapman at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge this May. The play revolves around three likeable but rather untrustworthy bookies. They plan to rig a horse race by kidnapping the fancied horse and it’s French Jockey. They stay in a country hotel recently taken over by a Colonel and his wife where they conceal the horse and later the jockey.
Secret doors, various stages of undress, mistaken identity and a touch of romance are some of the main ingredients of this hilarious farce. “Dry Rot” is showing at the Seckford Theatre from Wednesday 16th May until Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets can be booked at the Deben Players website www.debenplayers.org.uk
, or by phoning the Box Office on 01394 382240 or at the box office in person at the Woodbridge Tourist Information Centre.
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