Thursday 4 & Friday 5 August 19.45


Streetwise Opera



Narration for live performance: Emma Bernard.

Step into a magical world of folklore with Fables – A Film Opera, “Stories of survival, rebellion, greed and love come to light in a remarkable marriage of music and film”, (Evening Standard, 4 stars) a group of short films created by some of the UK’s leading composers and filmmakers and 125 performers who have experienced homelessness. Fresh from the Edinburgh International Film Festival, this event is adapted from a larger piece so features film, live music and two very special performers.



Fables – A Film Opera (TRAILER)

The Nightingale and the Rose

Music: Emily Hall

Filmmaker: Gaëlle Denis



The Hartlepool Monkey

Music: Paul Sartin and Andy Mellon

Filmmaker: Tom Marshall


Narrator: Emma Bernard

Performer: Bryan Morrison and Streetwise Opera performers


Emma Bernard: Director


Fables is Emma‟s third project with Streetwise Opera. Recent projects include: Flam (Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival), Sun and Heir (ROH Education), Fingerprint with The Shout (ROH2), Tongue-Tied with Askew and Avis (ROH2 „Firsts‟). She is currently developing a new dance –theatre piece, Woman Falling Over, supported by The National Theatre Studio.

Bryan Morrison: Performer


Bryan has been performing with Streetwise Opera since 2005. At that time, he was vulnerably housed and his mental health was not stable. He enjoyed the experience and it became something to look forward to every week. Bryan has been a budding songwriter since his teens, but in 2005 he bought a new guitar and started writing again after a long break.

Emily Hall: Music


Emily is a composer who mainly writes songs. She has been collaborating with Toby Litt since 2006 with their recent song cycle about motherhood commissioned by Opera North. Emily writes for and collaborates with cellist Oliver Coates, singer Mara Carlyle and pianist John Reid.


Gaëlle Denis: Filmmaker


Gaëlle studied Film Direction at the Royal College of Art. Her two short films have won many awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Film for Fish Never Sleep. Gaëlle is now working on various projects including an adaptation of The Diary of Petr Ginz, a hybrid live action and animation feature project.


Andy Mellon: Music


Andy Mellon trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Goldsmiths College and his trumpet playing has taken him around the world. He has worked with artists as diverse as Damon Albarn and Christopher Biggins. He has written, arranged and scored music for numerous television and film productions for the BBC, Tiger Aspect and Sony BMG.

Paul Sartin: Music


Paul specialises in the traditional vernacular music of England. As a singer, oboist and violinist he performs and records extensively with award winning groups Bellowhead (Southbank Centre Artists in Residence), Faustus and duo Belshazzar‟s Feast. He also edits publications of music manuscripts, delivers workshops, and is Consultant and Director.

Tom Marshall: Filmmaker


Tom studied at Teesside University, where his self-funded film was shortlisted for the BBC New Talent Award 2006. His next film went on to win the BBC New Talent Award 2007. In 2008 he was named a „Star of Tomorrow‟ by Screen International magazine and nominated for Best New Director by 4Talent. Since then Tom has directed a 30-minute documentary, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, and written and directed two short films.