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Shackleton’s Cat

Shackleton’s Cat was first performed in 2015 and was revived in 2018. It features nine performers, including singers and players, and tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs, a puppet cat, and comprehensive resources for teachers, compiled in partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

 

The story itself begins in 2015, when scientists measuring the alarming changes in the levels of the polar sea-ice make an astonishing discovery: The bones of a cat. They belong to Mrs Chippy, the carpenter’s cat on the Endurance, and best friend to the young Welsh stowaway Perce Blackborow. At the heart of the opera is Shackleton himself, perhaps the greatest expedition leader of all time. The opera follows the crew as they set sail from Buenos Aires to the incredible rescue after months of hardship.

 

Composer                 Russell Hepplewhite

Writer/Director          Tim Yealland

Designer                   Jude Munden

 

 

A compelling and accurate hour-long distillation of perhaps the greatest battle for survival of modern times.

A compelling and accurate hour-long distillation of perhaps the greatest battle for survival of modern times.

— ★★★★ THE TIMES

An outstanding piece, which will remain etched in the memories of all the children lucky enough to see it.

— ★★★★★ OPERA NOW

VIDEO

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