Six reasons to attend People Watch

Set designs by Sarah Booth. Photo: Alan Kerr

With just 10 days to go until our London Little Opera, People Watch, on 21 July, here are six reasons why you should book a ticket:

1. The Laughing Song and other great tunes
People Watch has been created by Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence Stef Conner with libretto and direction by Tête à Tête Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones. There are lots of great tunes, but one particularly innovative number is the Laughing Song, in which the cast erupts into - highly musical - fits of giggles.

2. Music and libretto written collaboratively with Streetwise Opera performers
People Watch is part of Streetwise Opera's 2014-15 Little Opera season – a season of small-scale 30-minute new commissions in which performers who have experienced homelessness co-create each opera alongside directors and composers. Writing for People Watch began at the beginning of this year when Stef and Bill improvised various scenes, dialogue and pieces of music with the Streetwise Opera London Explore Group. The final piece that will be shown onstage includes many of their words and musical ideas.

3. Catchy advert jingles and echoes of familiar TV programmes
Whether you love or loathe watching TV, there will be plenty to recognise in People Watch, from the unusual acts shown on talent shows to travel programmes, celebrity reality series and those annoying advert jingles that you just can't get out of your head!

4. Part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2015
People Watch is opening Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2015, the largest festival of new opera in the world. The festival is programmed to allow audience members to watch at least three operas each evening, so if you'd like a full night of performances, there are two more shows you can enjoy after People Watch.

5. Brilliant cast and creatives
As well as Bill and Stef, there's an amazing team of creatives who've been working on People Watch, including Music Director Tim Burke and Designer Sarah Booth. Our brilliant London Explore and Drop-in Group performers will also be joined onstage by renowned string quartet, the Ligeti Quartet, and singer Susannah Austin.

6. Audience responses to previous Little Operas
People Watch is the final opera in our Little Opera season, following The River Keeper (performed in the North-East in December 2014) and To the Silkwood Tree (performed in Nottingham in May 2015). The response to the season has been amazing, with one To the Silkwood Tree audience member saying 'Fantastic work, beautiful story and music that was enchanting - a stunning performance!'

People Watch is at The Place Theatre, 17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY at 7pm on Tuesday 21 July. Tickets are priced at £7.50 online or £9.50 via telephone / in person. Click here to find out more and book tickets.