Loving the Toon
The Trust was recently approached for help by Streetwise Opera, a homelessness charity. They wanted stories from Toon fans about their love for NUFC to incorporate into a production they are planning for April 2018 and we were happy to help.
Homelessness is on the rise. Welfare budgets continue to be cut. Fundraising is harder than ever. Homeless people need more than a bed and a roof. They need to be heard, to be recognised as someone of worth, to learn new skills, and to feel wanted by a society which often finds it easier to look away.
Streetwise Opera provides weekly singing and acting workshops in homeless centres and arts venues across the country, increasing participants’ wellbeing and social inclusion, helping them develop the skills and confidence needed to reintegrate into society.
They have an upcoming major production, Tell Me The Truth About Love. Directed by Olivier-award winning Bijan Sheibani, it will be performed in April at the Sage Gateshead. It tells the story of 100 years of love on Tyneside, celebrating the rich offering of the North East – its talents and history.
The story will be told through the medium of a wedding, with audiences the wedding guests. Love in its many forms will be showcased as the bride, groom, best man and even a long-lost cousin break into song and tell their tales.
The show is inspired by variously funny and heart-breaking local tales, from passion aboard the Tuxedo Princess to a die-hard fan’s devotion to Newcastle United. The production will also feature new music created by composers Will Todd and Anna Appleby, and local songs including Jimmy Nail’s Big River and Bridie Jackson’s Final Lullaby.