Peace At Last

by Jill Murphy

Mr Bear can’t sleep. Mrs Bear is snoring. So he goes to sleep in Baby Bear’s room. But Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane. So he goes to sleep in the living room…

Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose partners with Gallions Primary School in Newham to create a new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy's much-loved picture book, which has been delighting families for generations. This new opera has been created through a series of music-making workshops with Reception Classes at Gallions Primary School, putting the children at the centre of the development process.

Peace at Last will premiere at Gallions’ Summer Festival in July 2019 and follow with a national tour to approx. 70 schools and theatres, delivering performances to over 6000 children.

Running time: approximately 30 minutes, followed by playtime. 

COMPOSER Joanna Lee
LIBRETTIST & DIRECTOR Robin Norton-Hale
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Helen Sharp
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Sophia Lovell Smith
LIGHTING DESIGNER Will Evans
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Eleanor Dodson
PRODUCTION MANAGER Callum Finn

MR BEAR Julian Chou-Lambert
MRS BEAR Gemma Morsley 
BABY BEAR Abigail Kelly

HARPIST Helen Sharp & Mary Reid
WOODWIND Sarah Douglas & Fiona Mitchell


We are currently seeking funding in order to take this production to as many children as possible (at schools, children's centres and libraries) with free tickets for the children so as not to exclude anyone through cost. If you are an individual or business who would be interested in supporting this project, please contact imogen@operaupclose.com to find out more.

Interested in getting involved in the tour? If you're a school or theatre who would like to be kept in the loop and sent more information about this project, please feel free to get in touch with amy@operaupclose.com


OperaUpClose is grateful for support from:

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PEACE AT LAST text and illustrations copyright © 1980, 1995 and 2007 by Jill Murphy

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CALENDAR

SCHOOLS

1 - 9 July
London Borough of Newham

10 - 19 July
London Borough of Hackney

21 Sep - 2 Nov
National Tour

THEATRES

21 - 22 Sept
The Egg, Bath
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28 Sept
Stratford Circus, London
Booking Soon

4 - 5 Oct
Theatre Clwyd, Flintshire
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12 Oct
Hawth Theatre, Crawley
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25 Oct
Redbridge Drama Centre, London
Booking soon

26 Oct
Snape Maltings, Snape
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28 Oct
Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop Stortford
Booking soon

30 Oct
The Swan Theatre, Worcester
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