Current production: Tell Me The Truth About Love

Sat 14 April at 5pm & 8pm | Sun 15 April 2018 at 3pm & 6pm
Sage Two, Sage Gateshead
Tickets: £16 (Concessions £10) - book on the Sage website
 

Streetwise Opera and Royal Northern Sinfonia present Tell Me The Truth About Love, a Tyneside #LoveOpera, featuring a range of classical, folk, pop and contemporary music.

Tina has never been in love. Now she’s the bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding and can’t move for relatives asking ‘When is it going to be you?’ But Tina insists she’s better off on her own. If you haven’t got love you can’t lose it, right? Yet as the wedding day unfolds her determination not to let anyone in starts to falter…

This powerful and inspiring music experience celebrates local pride while exploring the history of love across the generations of one Tyneside family. The opera takes its title from one of Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs. It includes new music by Will Todd and Anna Appleby, and local songs like Big River and The Waters of Tyne.

The world-premiere opera is directed by Olivier Award-winning director Bijan Sheibani and designed by Linbury Prize-winning designer Samal Blak, with story and text by Meriel Sheibani-Clare, and additional text by Streetwise Opera performers.

Tell Me The Truth About Love will be performed by adults from Streetwise Opera Newcastle Gateshead who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness, alongside musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia, and is produced by Streetwise Opera in partnership with Sage GatesheadRoyal Northern SinfoniaTyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsRecovery College Collective and Changing Lives, with media partner BBC Newcastle.

This production is supported by Arts Council EnglandFoyle FoundationThe Harold Hyam Wingate FoundationThe Austin and Hope Pilkington TrustThe D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, and The Linden Family Fund at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE IT HAPPEN

Thank you to the below supporters who are helping make this production happen!

MAJOR PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS
Arts Council England
Foyle Foundation
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Anne Siddell
David Cairns
Fiona Grant
Jane Furniss

PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS
Alan Cumming
Alan Kerr
Alex Van Vliet
Anthony Pinching
Christine Kirk
David Remfry and Caroline Hansberry
Gillian Lacey
Kate Sumpter - volunteer
Kath Wright
Linda Laurance
Matthew Sebag-Montefiore
Paul Emery, Trustee and former performer
Penelope Thompson
Robert and Margaret Sanderson
Sandra Pearson
Sarah Rennie
Tom and Emily Kinane
Tim Geddes
Tommy Pearson

Tell Me The Truth About Love is produced by Streetwise Opera in partnership with Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsChanging Lives and ReCoCo, with media partner BBC Newcastle.

The opera is supported by Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, and The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust.