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“There is more Wit in a Fiery Dragon than in all the plays in Europe”
James Ralph, The Fashionable Lady, 1728.

The Story So Far

Make Room For Mummers is a chamber opera composed by Anne Gregson and performed by the Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company. The most recent performance was on 12th January 2014 at the Wiltshire Music Centre as part of the Bradford Roots Festival. The large audience at this superb venue gave us a rousing and very satisfying reception.

The first two performances in Bath in 2012 were before near-capacity houses and were cheered to the rafters. The second performance received a four-star (and very perceptive) review from Venue, the Bath and Bristol listings magazine:-

With its cast of characters including St George and a dragon (obviously!), King Bladud and Mrs Bladud, Bold Slasher the Turkish Knight and a doctor who raises patients from the dead, plus an excellent band, this was an amiable celebration of Englishness without xenophobia or pomposity: often funny, always musically pleasing, and occasionally quite moving. And, an innovation for opera, it even had choruses you could join in on.

The first performance of the opera was on the 4th June 2012 as part of Chippenham Folk Festival and the second on 8th June as part of the Bath Fringe Festival.

At the time of these performances the Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company was based in the Music Department of Bath Spa University with many students participating in both the band and the cast, though with a significant number of non-student musicians and singers also contributing. The Company is continuing for future performances of this and other folk-inspired operas but is now independent of the University. Students, however, will always be welcome to join in our productions.

For newcomers to the opera, here is a brief description of the piece:

Make Room for Mummers is a newly written opera by Anne Gregson which is based on the play performed by the Widcombe Mummers from Bath.

Narrated in song by the legendary King Bladud, who founded the city of Bath. and his fair Queen Mrs Bladud, it tells the story of a brave knight called George and the beautiful Egyptian Princess who is hunted by a dreadful fiery Dragon, another brave but unfortunate knight called Bold Slasher, and a doctor who is so skilled that he can bring the dead back to life again.


CD

We have produced a full cast CD recording of the opera. This recording features the cast, band and conductor of the January 2014 performance.

Click here for details of the CD and how to obtain a copy. You can also listen to and download one of the movements.

 


For further information contact us on 01225 864706