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Papageno’s Quest @ Edinburgh Fringe
“We went to this show earlier today (Mon 15th) with our two kids, 8 and 5. They absolutely loved the characters, humour and music in the show. The performers did a great job introducing themselves and their vocal ranges at the start, and the kids (and us parents) felt involved throughout.”
“I felt it was super engaging for children… [Our daughter] was a little apprehensive before coming, but she loved it.”
“I have been working at the Fringe since the start, and Papageno’s Quest has been one of the best things I’ve seen. I am very sad to see you go.”
Alice, theSpaceUK Theatre Technician
“We are all beyond grateful that you gave us this opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, not least because it was truly unforgettable and a ‘bucket list’ performance that I have been wanting to make happen for years, but because it opened our performance up to new audiences, beyond Cheshire, who got to experience the magic and quality of children’s opera, accessible, engaging and educational in its own right. If we could have captured the faces of the little ones that were completely spellbound, with wide eyes, eager to participate in any way they could, then I would not have to justify the impact of this performance with words, their faces would say it all. Now, we only hope that this will open up more opportunities for Clonter as it was so well received. However, I reiterate my main thank you, that is for giving us, as young professionals, the chance to perform at this world famous festival and experience the magic of the Edinburgh Fringe.”
Naomi (Cinderella, Gretel & Queen of the Night)
We thought you might like to know how we got on in Edinburgh.
Last week an enthusiastic throng of children and adults joined Papageno in the Grand Theatre, theSpaceUK @ Surgeons’ Hall, on his quest to find a magpie feather for the Queen of the Night, meeting his friends Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, as well as a witch, Musetta, Carmen and Prince Charming along the way.
Papageno’s Quest was developed as part of Clonter’s Educational Workshop programme pre Covid, and was further developed and piloted at an open air event in 2020, having its debut at the Just So Festival in Cheshire last year, to rapturous applause.
Taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe this year was a bold endeavour, but thanks to a generous private benefactor, the Leche Trust, and the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and a quest also to give this little production a longer life, following its success in 2020 and 2021, we felt we should dip our toe in the water, and all involved both sides of the metaphorical curtain gave it the thumbs up.
Clonter prides itself on introducing the wonder of the operatic art form, alongside musical theatre, to children at a very young age, making it as accessible as possible, in the hope of planting a seed that will stay with them throughout their lives – just a love of good music, possibly an appetite for learning an instrument, or a language, but above all that music and the performing arts are something they can enjoy, and can become part of everyone’s life.