Children from three east end primary schools in Newcastle have been hard at work in their schools, singing, dancing and rehearsing to put together a performance of a brand new musical ‘As Free As a Bird!’ for the start of the Platforma Festival 2017.
And on Thursday 19 October they’re coming together for the first time to collaboratively perform a world premiere of the work, on stage at the magnificent Tyne Theatre & Opera House!
Over 100 children from Byker primary, St. Lawrence’s primary and St. Teresa’s primary school will be taking part in this new musical work by music education writer Caroline Hoile, which was especially written and composed to raise awareness about people seeking sanctuary, amongst primary school children and their audiences.
Although a serious topic, ‘As Free As A Bird’ is engagingly written for children using animal characters. There’s lots of singing, with songs ranging from hauntingly melodic to exuberantly rhythmic raps – and thankfully the storyline of this musical has a happy ending!
Also woven into the drama is the juxtaposition of the freedom of migratory geese against the lack of freedom experienced by those displaced – (in the musical, a little rabbit family are the characters seeking refuge.) Between powerful storyline and meaningful song lyrics, ‘As Free As A Bird,’ published by Grumpy Sheep Music, hopes to promote understanding and raise awareness about people who’ve been forced to flee their homes. And its message of sharing, caring and the power of love couldn’t be more appropriate for today’s world.
Partnering with the Platforma Festival, which celebrates arts and refugees, and takes place in the North East from 19-31, ‘As Free As A Bird’ links in perfectly with the Freedom City 2017 programme.
The performance of ‘As Free As A Bird’ will take place at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle on 19 October at 1.30pm.
Please come along! The event is free – but pre-booking is essential.
For more information please call 0191 2399229 or see the website.