From Ancient Greece, through hyper space to Birmingham's Town Hall, Orchestra of the Swan and Talking Birds, in collaboration with schools in Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon present Troy Story -- an intergalactic opera.
It is the year 3000 and Odysseus is at home with his wife, son, robot and electronic goldfish when he is summoned to the war on Troy, a planet on the other side of the Galaxy. He might be the cleverest of all Earth's Generals but has he got enough horse sense to defeat the Trojans? And can he get home through hyper space -- which is packed with Sirens, nine headed monsters and giant one eyed sheep farmers? And will he get back before his wife gets fed up of knitting duvet covers and marries somebody else?
All these questions and more will be answered in this intergalactic opera made by Orchestra of the Swan and Talking Birds in collaboration with Brays School,
St Patrick's and St Edmund's RC Primary School in Birmingham and Welcombe Hills, Thomas Jolyffe and Wilmcote Primary Schools in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Featuring lots of singers, a bit of fighting and a few tricks, Troy Story takes two epic yarns from ancient Greece, puts them into the future and re tells them in round about two hours.
Peter Cann: Director
Derek Nisbet: Composer & Joint Artistic Director
David Curtis: Conductor & Joint Artistic Director
Nick Walker: Writer
Jake Oldershaw and Louise Wayman: Narrators
Sam Fox: Penelope
David Colvin: Odysseus
Students from Brays School, St Patrick's and St Edmund's RC Primary School in Birmingham and Welcombe Hills, Thomas Jolyffe and Wilmcote Primary Schools in Stratford-upon-Avon.