Scottish Opera pops up on the road

Published: 4 June 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Pop-Up Opera

Scottish Opera will return to live outdoor performance for the first time in nine months with its Pop-up Opera Roadshow, starting 10 June 2021, when two specially-adapted trailers will take to the road with five 30-minute performances of Gilbert & Sullivan classics: A Little Bit of… The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.

Re-scored by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, with story text by Allan Dunn, the shows cross Scotland starting in Inverness, before extending across Aberdeenshire, the Isle of Lewis and down to Dumfries and the Scottish Borders via Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. While past productions of Pop-up Operas have been inside the mobile theatre, this year, performances are on a covered stage with audiences in the open air.

Storyteller Allan Dunn will be joined by singers Stephanie Stanway, Charlotte Hoather, Andrew McTaggart, Mark Nathan, Jessica Leary and instrumentalists Andrew Drummond Huggan, Laura Sergeant, Sasha Savaloni and Ian Watt.

In September, there will. be a double bill of shows including the Pirates of Penzance with a revival of A Little Bit of Bubble McBea, aimed at children in Primary 1 to 3 and dealing with environmental issues in the coasts around Scotland.