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A Tsar is born! Primary school pupils stage revolutionary opera for their Christmas show

End-of-term production focuses on Tsar Nicholas II

18 December, 2017 — By Tom Foot

The show at Holy Trinity and St Silas [All photos: Robert Workman]

PRIMARY school pupils raised clenched fists during a festive performance marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

Seb’ye is a new work written and produced by English Touring Opera as part of a collaboration with Holy Trinity and St Silas School, in Kentish Town. The opera focuses on the family of Tsar Nicholas II, who was forced to abdicate following the people’s uprising in 1917.

The story features Prince Alexei, the “mad priest” Rasputin, the fabulous wealth of the Tsar and his family, and their “tragic end” in Ekaterinburg.

English Touring Opera said pupils had helped with lyrics, songs and narrative. It has worked with the school for two years, creating Three Matches in 2015 – about a refugee’s journey to Europe – and Fire Children in 2016 about the Great Fire of London.

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