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Ulla's Odyssey | OperaUpClose (tour)

After giving the piece's premiere in 2015 at Kings Place, Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose are embarking on a national tour of fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey.

Fourteen year old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.

This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanne Brodie and was the winner of both the Flourish New Composition Award (2014) and Opera Factory’s Composition competition (2012). The production is directed by OperaUpClose's Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido and Aeneas for OUC) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013).

The show is inspired by Homer's Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

Sarah Minns Ulla
Oskar McCarthy Binnacle/Garibdis
Flora McIntosh Goddess of the Sea
Pamela Hay Sylla
Edward Hughes Cy-Ops
Ruth Whybrow Instrumentalist
Valentina Ceschi Director
Alex Beetschen Musical Director
Faye Bradley Designer
Matt Hutchinson Puppet Design


Sunday 12th February | Rich Mix, London

Sunday 19th February | artsdepot, London

Wednesday 22nd March | Stables, Milton Keynes

Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th March | Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (13.00 28th; 13.00 + 18.30 29th; 10.15 + 18.30 30th)

Sunday 30th April | Greenwich Theatre, London

Sunday 7th May | MAC, Birmingham (14.00 + 18.00)