Streetwise Opera

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Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen will produce a landmark site-specific production for Easter 2016. An abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion will be brought powerfully to life as an immersive fully-staged opera starring Streetwise's homeless performers alongside The Sixteen.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1092931)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge

    Helping

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Situation

Homelessness is not just about housing. People experiencing homelessness have often suffered trauma and abuse; they have low self-esteem and suffer chronic social exclusion which makes it difficult to make positive changes or integrate into their communities once they are housed. As a result of this they often lack the opportunity and social capital to participate in arts and culture. Furthermore, arts projects are impoverished by the lack of social diversity of those participating.

Solution

We will give 30 people with experience of homelessness the opportunity to participate in a professional-level production. Involvement will improve performers’ self-esteem and wellbeing; reduce their social exclusion and create a sense of dignity and pride. Overcoming the challenge of performing in an opera can give people the courage to tackle difficult issues in their lives. The production will also be more interesting as a result of their involvement: greater than the sum of its parts.

  • ‚ÄòThe feelings of elation and accomplishment which I felt standing on the stage played a large part in helping me to overcome my difficulties‚Äô

    — Danny - Streetwise Opera performer

  • Streetwise Opera gives us an opportunity to fire up parts of ourselves that had been hiding for so long, and to find ourselves.

    — Maya - Streetwise Opera performer

  • 'It's the highlight of my life. I was living in a hostel. I was destitute but it gave me something to look forward to. I love it'

    — Sarah

  • 'It's the highlight of my life. I was living in a hostel. I was destitute but it gave me something to look forward to. I love it'

    — Sarah

  • Streetwise Opera gives us an opportunity to fire up parts of ourselves that had been hiding for so long, and to find ourselves.

    — Maya - Streetwise Opera performer

  • ‘The feelings of elation and accomplishment which I felt standing on the stage played a large part in helping me to overcome my difficulties’

    — Danny - Streetwise Opera performer