Opera for all

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EASTWOOD Park Theatre has been notching up a wide and varied repertoire recently, attracting everything from children’s shows and am dram productions to national tours.

This week is no different, as Scottish Opera returns to the East Renfrewshire venue with a new piece aimed at all ages (and presumably all levels of interest in opera).

The Elephant Angel, written by the company’s composer in residence Gareth Williams and Belfast-born novelist Bernard MacLaverty, is a heart-warming tale.

Based on a true story at the time of the Belfast Blitz, it follows the friendship forged between a young elephant named Sheila and her keeper.

Tensions rise, yet children continue to laugh and play on the streets of Belfast — and Scottish Opera have drafted in Glasgow’s own budding stars to create a chorus unique to the community it plays to.

The young singers will join forces with professional musicians from the company, as well as young performers.

The Elephant Angel is on at Eastwood Park Theatre on Friday, October 19 at 2 and 7pm. Tickets £13 (£11 concession/£9 student) from 577 4970.