Arts and Music


The King’s River is a unique musical theatre performance composed by Jana Rowland, Librettists Sylvia Fairley and Dominic Shea. 

Woodbridge Riverside Trust commissioned The King’s River  to celebrate the regeneration of the derelict Whisstocks boatyard as a new open public space on the Woodbridge waterfront.

 

The River and the King

A cantata from Part 1 was performed by Woodbridge Choral Society with 18 children from Kyson school at a concert in Snape Maltings in April.

The King’s River was performed 5 times on 11 – 15 July to capacity audiences of 250 people on each occasion and sold out 3 weeks in advance. 100 people bought tickets for the dress rehearsal.

Part 1 took place in the open air in front of the new Longshed building on the Whisstocks site. Part 2 was held in the Riverside Theatre.

Preparation for The King’s River

33 children and 59 adults from the local community took part in each performance as singers, dancers and musicians alongside 10 professional singers and musicians. Ages of the performers ranged from 8 to over 80.The production was led by a team of 16 professionals and supported by 112 volunteers. Some performers had no previous experience of dancing or singing in public and some could not read music.

Some of the cast from The King’s River Part 1

The performances were very well received – achieving a rating of 4.28 out of 5 stars from 144 respondents to an online audience and participant survey and a large number of very positive written comments including:

This was quite simply the finest example of true community cross generational engagement in a modern-day opera… music, dance, theatre, art, woven into a work that engaged, touched the senses and lingers… resonating long after the curtain calls…

The whole experience was totally unique so we didn’t really know what to expect. It was absolutely brilliant- a real community project. Many congratulations to ALL those involved…

It was an amazing experience to be part of this new community opera telling the story of the town I live in and love – and to do it with so many local people, many of whom I didn’t know before we started, and such a talented musical and production team was a privilege and joy.

Woodbridge Primary School newsletter (written by Caroline Moore, Teacher)
So very, very proud of the children who undertook their final performance of The King’s River on Saturday.  They have shown all of the qualities that we value at our school.  They attended rehearsals at weekends, working tirelessly to take part in a stunning production at the Riverside.  They have had the opportunity to work with a professional team, many who are resident in Woodbridge.  The children’s attitude to all the challenges that this has entailed, has been exemplary.

 Click on this link to see a detailed report on the participant survey TKR responses to online survey

 

 

 

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