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"The Powder Monkey"- Behind the Scenes at The Opera

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East Ham Town Hall

328 Barking Rd, East Ham, London 328 Barking Rd, East Ham, London E6 2RP

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Come and find out what goes into putting on our new opera 'The Powder Monkey' by Brolly Productions and Errollyn Wallen MBE at East Ham Town Hall.

This powerful, visually stunning new opera engages with the ‘sensitive’ history of Britain’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and places the Black male character of the ‘powder monkey’ centre stage of this diverse cast.

Hear extracts from the opera with live singers and musicians, meet the cast and creative team and share your thoughts on the sensitive histories of the transatlantic slave trade dramatized in the opera. If you’re interested in learning more about making music, writing, singing, performing and stage design we’d love you to come and meet us. We’ll talk about how we made the show and our creative process.

The Powder Monkey opens up the classical opera form by infusing the score with the traditional music and languages of West Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the folk forms of Northern England and maritime creole work songs by classically trained musicians from those Asian and African traditions. featuring instruments such as the kora, sitar and djembe.

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328 Barking Rd, East Ham, London 328 Barking Rd, East Ham, London E6 2RP

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