3000 performers, who have all experienced homelessness, will take over the Royal Opera House for a one night on Monday 2 July as part of the London 2012 Festival.
With One Voice is presented by Streetwise Opera, the award-winning charity which gives homeless and formerly homeless people opportunities to further their personal development through participation in music.
With One Voice is supported by Homeless Link and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation who wanted to ensure that, for the first time in Olympic history, homeless people were involved in London 2012. This ground-breaking performance will give a voice to those who are often side-lined and ignored during the Olympics Games.
Tickets for the event are sold out, but the performance will be streamed live from the Royal Opera House on 2 July at 6.30 pm on http://with1voice.org.uk/
There will also be an online ‘Action Zone’ for people to find out what they can do to help end homelessness.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival, said: "I am proud that the London2012 festival is celebrating the creative talent of homeless people, and collaborating with these great partners whose work with and for homeless people deserves all praise."
When in the 1990s an MP was quoted as saying that the homeless were the people you step over when you come out of the Opera House, the residents at the Passage Night Shelter in Westminster saw this as an opportunity to turn the tables. If the homeless were involved in a professional opera production themselves, it would help change the public’s perception of them and turn stigma into celebration. They ran a pilot project in 2000, which involved workshops at the Passage Night Shelter over a period of 12 weeks in the staging of the children’s opera, The Little Prince. This was performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre with children from St Peter’s Primary School, Eaton Square, staff from the Theatre Museum and a professional cast. The project saw many of the participants flourish in confidence and proved that there was an identified need for work of this kind. As a result Streetwise Opera was born.
Monday 2 July 2012 at 6.30pm
With One Voice
Royal Opera House
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