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The Powder Monkey – Opera

29 Oct 2019 - 29 Oct 2019

The Powder Monkey - Opera

29th October: 1pm & 7pm

‘The Powder Monkey’ is a new opera created by Brolly Productions, designer Rachana Jadhav and writer Dominic Hingorani, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed Black composer, Errollyn Wallen M.B.E.

The Story: Chukwunenye, an African boy of the Igbo people, is the powder monkey born on a slave ship and now one voyage away from buying his freedom. As the slave ship nears port on the ‘middle’ passage there is an uprising by the enslaved and he must choose which side he will take; his people or his freedom?

Set on board a slave ship in 1788 this powerful new opera engages with the ‘sensitive’ history of Britain’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and places the Black male character of the ‘powder monkey’ centre stage of this diverse cast.

The Powder Monkey opens up the classical opera form by infusing the score with the traditional music and languages of West Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the folk forms of Northern England and maritime creole work songs by classically trained musicians from those Asian and African traditions. featuring instruments such as the kora, sitar and djembe.

The opera excitingly integrates live performance, music and animation to create a stunning spectacle that engages with the rich musical diversity of contemporary Britain to bring new audiences to opera.

The details: 

Show times: 1pm & 7pm

Book: Online – see button below. Tickets are £6.00 

Parking: Please park in our main visitor car park

Directions: Please arrive to our main entrance where someone will greet you

Arrival: Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and enter via the visitor entrance to check in

Extras: Fancy a meal too? Scroll down to see how you can add on a meal to your experience for £14.75

The opera is 60 minutes straight through and is suitable for Age 10+


Fancy dinner and a show?

For 1 nights only the Mess Deck will be offering a main meal, dessert and tea or coffee for £14.75.

Time: Dinner will be served at 17:30

Menu: Choose from our famous Traditional Fish & Chips (gluten free poached Cod option available), Kent Farmhouse Sausage & Mash (Vegetarian option available) or Goats Cheese & Caramelised Onion Tart & Salad (Gluten free option available). This delicious meal will then be followed by Strawberry Cheesecake and your choice of tea or coffee.

Book: To book please email Sammy Edwards: with your meal options, name, contact number and booking reference number.

Example of performance

Creative Team

Brolly is designer / illustrator  Rachana Jadhav and writer / director  Dominic Hingorani

Composer Errollyn Wallen M.B.E.

Sound Designer: Tate

Lighting Designer: Fred Beaufort

Digital Engineer: Ed Sunman

Movement Director: Mandy Short

Assistant Director: Jim Osman

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