There be dragons in Stocksbridge!

Steel Valley Beacon Arts hosts a national production of The Dragon of Wantley by the Chilmark Opera on Saturday 6th and Sunday March 7th.

The story is one of rivalries between two local families set in the 18th century and is full of action, humour and romance.

The show will be performed at the Venue in Stocksbridge on Saturday 6th March at 7-30pm and on Sunday 7th March at 2.30pm.

The Saturday performance will be introduced by David Davies, Musical Director of Chilmark Opera and the Sunday repeat will be introduced by the nationally famous Barnsley Poet – Ian McMillan.

For more information visit the Steel Valley Beacon Arts website.

Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8) and are available from The Venue (0114) 283 8692.

Chilmark Opera from outside Salisbury are bringing home to South Yorkshire their production of F.N.Lampe’s early 18th century opera – one of the first written in English and a huge success in London at the time. The seventeenth century ballad telling the story of the battle between the Earl of Wharncliffe and More of More Hall on behalf of the people of the area predates the opera by a few years. The whole story is caught up in myth – the Dragon is the Earl with his seat at Wortley.

The opera is great fun with five young professional soloists, an amateur chorus of twelve and an orchestra of ten fine instrumentalists – a mix of professionals and amateurs. Steel Valley Beacon Arts members will act as hosts for this event at The Venue, Stocksbridge on 6th March 7.30pm and 7th March matinee at 2.30 pm. Ian McMillan, Barnsley Bard and presenter of The Verb on Radio 4 will introduce the opera for us.

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