Sammy and the Beanstalk an online play-with-songs
Following the tighter restrictions, OperaUpClose’s new urban fairytale - Sammy and the Beanstalk - has been given an extended online run until Monday 22 February 2021. This is available for children, families and schools to enjoy at home.
This 30-minute play-with-songs is a story about bravery and kindness, which tackles the isolation we've all experienced over the past few months. Tickets are £5 and once purchased, audience members can watch as many times as they like up until 22 February.
Booking link: https://www.operaupclose.com/sammy-and-the-beanstalk
Free tickets available for those on low incomes*
*We know this has been a particularly tough year for many people, and we want everyone to have a bit of music and magic in their lives. If you would like to watch Sammy and the Beanstalk but cannot pay for a ticket, email email@example.com and we will send you a link.
Eight-year-old Sammy and her dad used to have lots of fun together, making up stories and mixing potions
in their kitchen. But something outside is scaring Dad and he doesn't have the energy to play anymore. As
Sammy ticks off the days until her mum gets home, Dad becomes more withdrawn and a mysterious vine
starts tapping at their windows. What does it want? And is there anything Sammy can do to help Dad be
brave once more?
Sammy and the Beanstalk is a story about bravery and kindness, which tackles the isolation we've all
experienced over the past few months. OperaUpClose has drawn inspiration from classic winter tales, both
cosy and gothic, as well as opera, theatre and film to create a thrilling story-telling experience, in a
wonderfully intimate setting.
“It’s a really gorgeous piece of work, which will almost certainly resonate for anyone who has struggled
during the pandemic.” The Family Stage
“a lovely 30mins of ingenuity, musicianship, on-point messaging, hope & kindness.” Parent
This is a 30-minute play-with-songs, written and directed by OperaUpClose’s Artistic Director Robin Norton-
Hale, with music by award-winning singer, songwriter and composer Rosabella Gregory, performed on a
hand-drawn, life-size theatre set by designer Anna Bruder (alineart.co.uk).
Sammy is played by soprano Abigail Kelly, who played Baby Bear in OperaUpClose’s Peace At Last and Pamina
in The Magic Flute. Dad is played by Tom Stoddart, whose roles for OUC include the title role in Eugene
Onegin and Marcello in La Bohème.
OperaUpClose partnered with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry to film Sammy and the Beanstalk in their B2
space and will continue to tour this performance virtually to Oxford Playhouse, CAST Doncaster, Alnwick
Playhouse, Mayflower Theatre and Queens Hall Arts Centre.
OperaUpClose has also created an activity pack to support home learning, which includes tasks such as
making your own beanstalk.