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Watch: Director John Fulljames on The Firework-Maker's Daughter

A look at a new opera based on Philip Pullman's novel.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

18 February 2013 at 2.15pm | 2 Comments

A new opera based on the Philip Pullman children's novel of the same name, The Firework-Maker's Daughter has been adapted for the lyric stage by director John Fulljames.

'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.

The Firework-Maker's Daughter runs from 3 - 13 April 2013 in the Linbury. Tickets are still available.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Helena Game responded on 28 March 2013 at 8:33pm Reply


    I presume this opera is for children? I could not find any info what age group, please.

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 2 April 2013 at 6:18pm

      Hi Helena

      The opera is for children aged 8 upwards.

      Best wishes


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