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One Breath

One Breath was a fully staged and full-length community opera that took place in June 2005 in Sheffield and Doncaster. 250 young people and adults, disabled and able-bodied and aged 8 to 84, worked to create a celebration of the life and death of Mary Queen of Scots. The project culminated in performances at the Doncaster Dome and outside at Manor Lodge in Sheffield, the site where Mary was imprisoned for 11 years. Professional singers Carol Smith and Andrew Slater worked alongside professional players, including leading percussion ensemble Three Strange Angels. The project was a collaboration with Doncaster Arts. The text was a mixture of authentic 16th century verse and prose, and newly devised writing. The project was generously funded by Youth Music, the Performing Rights Society, Sheffield Council, Abbey National, Sheffield Town Trust and the RM Burton Foundation.


Composers         Rachel Leach, Helen Chadwick

Writer/Director    Tim Yealland

Designer             Jan Flemank

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