The Barrington Hippo
Produced by Cambridge City Opera for Cambridge Science Festival 2018 and Tête-à-tête: The Opera Festival 2018
In association with St Andrew's Primary School, Soham and The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
The Barrington Hippo was made in collaboration with sixty Year 5s (8- and 9-year-olds) from St Andrew’s Primary School, Soham. Sinéad and her team used music and puppetry to explore complex ideas of life, death and geological time. The children wrote an original song, ‘Baby hippo,’ exploring the life of an individual in the face of geological time. The Barrington Hippo uses storytelling, music, live animation and the visual language of cave painting to tell the story of climate change and changing landscape.
Directed by Sinéad O'Neill
Written by Sinéad O'Neill and Kate Whitley
Shadow painting by Sally Todd
Photography by Claire Shovelton