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‘Pamplemousse’ tours Northern Ireland

In June, NI Opera embarked on a thrilling journey through the region with its production of our new children’s opera, ‘The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse’. Over the course of three weeks, an ensemble of eight young singers, seven instrumentalists and a creative team comprising some of most exciting young opera practitioners of the island rehearsed and performed a brand new children’s opera exploring themes of confidence and self-acceptance by Belfast composer Greg Caffrey.

We toured the full production to seven venues in Northern Ireland; from Belfast to Fermanagh, from Armagh to Newry, and from Omagh to Derry/Londonderry! As well as performing at local theatres and arts centres, we also brought Pamplemousse to the Ardnashee special school, for the enjoyment of children with learning difficulties. On our journey, we invited more than 1000 children to share the experience of a live opera. Before each performance, school children took part in free music and drama workshops that prepared them for the show and engaged with themes such as empowerment and self-acceptance.

Ahead of the tour, teachers had access to free school resource packs which included information about the opera, instrumentation, games, an interview with the composer, costume drawings and a song from the show. Every child and teacher/parent/carer had the opportunity to fill out an age-appropriate feedback form after each performance. The data will be used to inform further large-scale outreach projects in the company’s future.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and funders who made this tour possible. Full details of the production and supporters are here plus the downloadable schools pack and song:

Here are some images from our tour: