Top of the pop-ups! Outdoor operas on offer in Bishopbriggs

Thursday, 24 June, 2021

Outdoor entertainment is on the way - aiming to hit the right note with people of all ages by offering some of Gilbert & Sullivan's best-loved hits in the open air.A Little Bit of the Gondoliers. Scottish Opera 2020 - at Beacon Arts Centre - pic by Julie Howden

Pop-up Operas will be performed at Huntershill Village, Bishopbriggs, courtesy of Scottish Opera, in conjunction with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust.

Audiences are being offered a choice of pint-sized versions of The Gondoliers or The Mikado, with each 30-minute mini-opera packed with music, drama, laughs and brilliant tongue-twisting tunes.

The date - Wednesday 14 July - has been secured by EDLC's Heritage and Arts Service, with the kind co-operation of Huntershill Village, Bishopbriggs.

Appropriate measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all audience members, performers and technical staff.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council and Chair of EDLC Trust, said, "Participation in cultural activities and events is widely recognised as being good for our general health and wellbeing, and so important in the COVID recovery process. We're delighted to be working with Scottish Opera and Huntershill Village to bring the Pop-up Opera into the heart of East Dunbartonshire, offering families a chance to enjoy culture in the open air."

The event will feature a storyteller, two singers and instrumentalists – as well as a set of specially-created illustrations.

  • Wednesday 14 July 2021 - Huntershill Village, High Road, 100-102 Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 1RP:
  • Noon - A Little Bit of The Gondoliers
  • 2.30pm - A Little Bit of The Gondoliers
  • 4.30pm - A Little Bit of The Mikado

Tickets cost £5 per mini-opera (concessions available) and groups must be booked together

From Scottish Opera:

  • A Little Bit of The Gondoliers | Gilbert & Sullivan

Two gorgeous gondoliers, dozens of adoring girls and the lost heir to the kingdom of Barataria: it can mean just one thing – trouble. Float away to Venice for one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest satires... It’s all about love, actually!

  • A Little Bit of The Mikado | Gilbert & Sullivan

The Mikado has decreed that flirting should be punishable by death. But when his son Nanki-Poo falls for the beautiful Yum-Yum, it looks like someone might be heading for the executioner's block!

Pictured above, A Little Bit of the Gondoliers - Scottish Opera 2020 - at Beacon Arts Centre. Pic by Julie Howden.

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