Rain Dance – Highlights

Youth Opera ‘Rain Dance’, commissioned by W11 Opera. Premiere performances at Riverside Studios, December 3rd/4th/5th 2010. Music – Stuart Hancock Libretto – Donald Sturrock A crisis faces the animals of the African Savannah. Their waterhole is almost dry and a…

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Youth Opera ‘Rain Dance’, commissioned by W11 Opera. Premiere performances at Riverside Studios, December 3rd/4th/5th 2010.
Music – Stuart Hancock
Libretto – Donald Sturrock

A crisis faces the animals of the African Savannah. Their waterhole is almost dry and a leader is desperately needed to find a solution before they are wiped out. At the hustings, the bullying and corrupt lion, Tau, is elected, but proves to be a disaster. In despair, the animals turn to fleet-footed hare, Role, for help.

But ever since Roli’s grandfather embarrassed himself in a race against a plodding tortoise, Role has lived outside the law on the margins of animal society, a maverick with an independent attitude. Can the cleverest animal on the plain be persuaded to challenge the self-serving Tau and find a solution to the drought? Meerkats and warthogs jostle with hippos and jackals in this humorous political drama based on a traditional African fable.

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