To The Silkwood Tree

Streetwise 2015
To the Silkwood Tree 2015
Nottingham Contemporary
Our second Little Opera in May 2015.

About this production

Part of Streetwise Opera’s 2014-15 Little Opera season
A traveller faces a long, uncertain road to an unknown destination; the weather is drawing in but he won’t stop searching for a better place. The whisper of a song in his ear won’t let him rest. Will he find the place he’s been dreaming of?

Collaborating with the Nottingham Streetwise Opera performers, writer/director Hazel Gould and composer John Barber created a magical and timeless tale about our search for redemption. John’s earthy rhythms and haunting, ethereal melodies guided us on a journey through the darkness to find the light.

The second of three 30-minute operas in Streetwise Opera’s Little Opera Season 2014-15, To the Silkwood Tree was designed to intrigue, entrance and send audiences away with a lift in their hearts. It was performed at the Nottingham Contemporary on 16 May 2015.

After the show, 'innovative pop experimentalists' Firefly Burning (including composer John Barber on piano) played live from 9.30pm in the Café Bar as part of the Saturday night Cafe.Bar.Live programme.


Composer: John Barber
Writer / Director: Hazel Gould
Musical Director: Tim Lole
Designers: Emma and Giuseppe Belli
Cast: Streetwise Opera Nottingham performers with soprano Charmian Bedford
Musicians: Firefly Burning


Arts Council England
Big Lottery Fund



Photos: Alexandra Johnson