Composer David Bruce and poet Glyn Maxwell turned to Philip Pullman’s acclaimed children’s novel The Firework-Maker’s Daughter for their 2013 opera. Drawing inspiration from Pullman’s setting in a mystical Eastern land, Bruce incorporates gamelan, accordion and pentatonic scales into a score that provides a delightful music adventure.
The story is centred around Lila who desperately wants to be a firework-maker like her father Lalchand, but he claims it is no job for a girl. She runs away to learn the trade, followed by her friend Chulak and the lovesick white elephant Hamlet. Along the way they meet pirates, tigers and the terrifying Fire-Fiend. Lila learns that her father has been arrested under suspicion of stealing the king’s white elephant. Hamlet pleads with the king, who allows Lalchand to go free – provided he wins first prize in a fireworks competition with the greatest firework-makers in the land. He and Lila win the competition together, and Lalchand is freed.
John Fulljames’s masterfully imaginative production was created in collaboration with designer Dick Bird and puppetry group Indefinite Articles. Shadow puppets and inventive light projections bring to life Lila’s world as she discovers the meaning of friendship in this operatic and visual adventure , suitable for all ages.
About 2 hours, including one interval.
Suitable for childen aged 6 and over.
Sung in English
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