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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

BCS students collaborate with Buxton International Festival

We have been working with the Buxton International Festival on a performance of the The Orphans of Koombu.  The students have worked really hard and have been having a great time.  They are now ready to perform for their families and friends and the show will take place on Wednesday 15th May here at school.  Below is a letter from Lucie De Lacy explaining further.

 Dear Parents/Carers

As you may or may not know, we have been working with a fabulously mixed group of students
from Buxton Community School to perform in an opera.  And not just any opera - it is the
UK debut of ​ The Orphans of Koombu ​ – a 75-minute show bursting with operatic beauty, dollops of musical theatre and African harmonies.  The show has a full cast of nine professional singers and a band with marimba, piano and percussion. 

The performance will take place at Buxton Community School on Wednesday 15th May. Tickets are on sale now!  The students have been working very hard with the rest of the cast and the director and we are all really looking forward to seeing mums, dads, siblings, grannies, grandads, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends at this exhilarating evening of fabulous music.

The show is based on The Secret Song written by award-winning author Michael Williams.
First performed by Cape Town Opera to communities throughout South Africa, The Orphans
of Koombu is all about oppression, uprising, euphoria and a new world order. Three travellers, Sticks, Sophia and Silas set out on journey to the mysterious town of Koombu where they meet a group of young people digging holes, who run from them in terror. Sticks discovers that the townsfolk are hiding a dark secret which threatens to destroy the town. The land responds to this betrayal of its youth by drying the rivers and springs. Can the three travellers inspire the orphans and bring harmony and healing to an artificially fractured society?
Please join us at Buxton Community School on ​Wednesday 15th May ​at 6pm (for a 6:30pm
start). The performance will be finished at approximately 8pm.

Tickets are available now from Eventbrite:
Adults: £8, Children: £4, Family (2 adults, 2 children): £20.
Our Festival team will be at the performance and we really look forward to meeting you there.  

If you have any questions or queries at all, feel free to get in touch with me on ​.

Kind regards
Lucie De Lacy
Outreach and audience development officer
Buxton International Festival