18 February 2013 at 2.15pm | 2 Comments
'It feels like the dream book to take as the starting point for an opera,' says John, 'it's got a fantastic story, it's full of magical adventure, and it takes place in a fantasy world which is ideal for setting to music.'
The opera examines at the relationship of the young Lila who desperately wants to be a firework-maker like her father, but he claims it is no job for a girl. She runs away to learn the trade, meeting pirates, tigers and the terrifying Fire-Fiend on the way. 'She goes on a journey to the ends of the world in order to prove to herself, as well as to her father, what she can achieve.'
John's production reflects one of the inspirations behind Pullman's original, Balinese shadow puppetry, while composer David Bruce's music is folk-inspired: 'It's impossible not to smile when you hear it'. The director promises a fun theatrical spectacle for audiences.