Sci-Fi Comedy Jazz/Classical Opera, ‘Module 471’!


“I am Human..almost entirely Human..Every sinw and muscle and vessel and vein..except parts of one leg and part of my brain…”

Welcome to our project “Module 471”, a new comedy-sci-fi-horror-jazz/classical opera which is to be premiered for the first time in the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival at the Cockpit Theater in London at 8.30pm on 30th August 2022. It is a ‘scratch performance’ which means that this is the first draft and we’ll be involving the audience in helping us to decide how the story progresses.

Our cast consists of 2 singers (Sarah Dacey & Peter Willcock), accompanied by the following instruments – Theremin, Electric Violin, Recorders, Percussion, Guitar and Bass Guitar. The music is written by composer Lucy Mulgan and the libretto by comedian James Sherwood and it will be directed by Sam Redway.

We also have a community music element to this project with a chorus number having been partly devised and written with adults who attend the Seaview Project in Hastings. ‘Seaview’ is a support center whose services help marginalized people with addiction problems, mental health issues, ex- and at-risk offenders and rough sleepers achieve personal growth and fulfilment.

What Your Money Will Do

All the money we raise from this campaign will go towards a scratch performance of work at Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival on 30th August 2022 and will cover the costs of:

  • Musical & Tech rehearsals for a cast of 6 musicians – 2 singers/instrumentalists, 1 comedic compere (our librettist), electric guitar, electric bass (our composer) and percussion.
  • costumes
  • Hiring our amazing director
  • Supporting our workshops with members of the ‘Seaview Project’ in Hastings
  • Rehearsal space hire costs

As many of you know, funding is increasingly competitive in the creation of new work. Our performance at Tete-a-Tete gives us the opportunity to get our show off the ground and will help us demonstrate to future funding bodies that there is true demand for our work, that people want to see this show made! It enables us to gauge audience reaction and responses to the content of the work and to feed their ideas into its final plot. The video of this first scratch performance will make a huge difference in the future development and completion of this project which will eventually end up as a mobile, touring show, featuring a cast of 4 singers, perfectly designed to visit mid-scale theaters, arts centers and festivals across the UK and beyond.

This crowdfund also enables us to start our partnership with ‘Seaview Project’ and provide vulnerable adults with an enjoyable musical experience and provide an outlet for their creative expression.

How You Can Help Us

Anything you can contribute to this crowdfund, however small, would be amazing and a great help. If, however, you can’t afford anything right now, don’t worry. There’s still a way to help…

Just share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, emails, even just by having a conversation in real life 🙂 – all of this can make a huge difference to us.

We’re looking forward to having fun with this piece and taking the audience along for the ride. With a little bit of help from you, we can unleash ‘Module 471’ onto the unsuspecting world…and BEYOND!!!!!!

Thank you for reading!

Lots of love,

The Operatists
(aka Sarah Dacey & Lucy Mulgan)

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