Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of The Firework-Maker's Daughter. It was last on stage 3–13 April 2013 as part of the Spring 2012/13 season.
Lila 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.
This opera by award-winning composer David Bruce and poet Glyn Maxwell is based on an acclaimed children’s novel by Philip Pullman. John Fulljames’s imaginative staging, with puppet designs by Indefinite Articles, follows Lila’s adventures as she undertakes a perilous quest. With the help of a talking elephant, Lila sets out to discover the secret of becoming a firework-maker. Bruce’s score is characterized by infectious energy and spirited humour, offering musical fireworks of its own.
Following performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre, The Firework Maker's Daughter will be at Watford Palace Theatre on 17 and 18 May, before touring to Bury St Edmunds, Buxton, Oxford and Newcastle.
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The Firework-Maker's Daughter is a 2013 chamber opera in two acts by David Bruce with a libretto by Glyn Maxwell based on the novel by Philip Pullman. It follows the adventures of Lila, a young girl who wishes to be a firework-maker like her father.The opera was co-commissioned by the Royal Opera House, London, and The Opera Group, and for its original run was co-produced by Opera North and The Opera Group in association with ROH2 and Watford Palace Theatre. The production, directed by John Fulljames, premiered at the Hull Truck Theatre in March 2013, before touring the UK and going to the New Victory Theater in New York City.The opera was shorlisted for the 2014 Olivier Awards for Best New Opera Production, and for a 2013 British Composer Awards in the Stage category.