2018 production, SHADOWTRACKS, press release

W11 Opera presents



8 & 9 DECEMBER 2018

W11 Opera for Young People restages SHADOWTRACKS, an original opera by Julian Grant and Christina Jones at POSK Theatre, Hammersmith on 8 & 9 December 2018. This acclaimed composer and librettist have collaborated extensively, creating works for both young people and adults alike. W11 Opera will once again bring this piece to life with a cast of nearly 70 young people this year.

Under the watchful eye of the station clock commuters rush to catch the last train home. But it is not only the present that leaves its footprint on the bustling concourse.

In the empty station, moonlight reveals shadowtracks gently vibrating with the arrival of the Necropolis train, bringing ghosts and memories back down the line. The ghosts must leave by daybreak, but when the train breaks down Victorian children, soldiers, evacuees and suffragettes all become stranded in the present. Will the Ascot party and the football fans see them? And who is the strange lady sitting patiently under the clock? SHADOWTRACKS is an engrossing story that will captivate the whole family.

W11 Opera enjoys a strong community base. For many of its young participants, it is an introduction to music theatre of any kind. Over the 47 years that W11 Opera has been in existence, more than two thousand children have appeared in 37 brand new commissions. The W11 Opera experience proved inspirational for Eve Best and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, now patrons of the company. More recent W11 Opera cast members include Celine Buckens (Emilie in Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse) and Jonathan Antoine (Runner-Up in Britain’s Got Talent 2012). W11 Opera is also an invaluable showcase for composers. It is proud to commission composers who have had successful careers in world of contemporary music such as George Fenton, Julian Philips, Phil Porter, Russell Hepplewhite, Stuart Hancock, John Barber and Cecilia MacDowell. In addition, it seeks to be a platform for young composers.

W11 Opera Provides a unique opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to be involved in opera.


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