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Children’s Interactive Touring Opera

Space Encounters!

Space Encounters is an educational, touring children’s opera originally commissioned by Opera Queensland. I was lucky enough to get to perform the role of Roland the Robot with them in 2012. At the end of their production, and after seeing how much children loved the opera, I purchased the sets, props and costumes of the production to bring to audiences in South Australia. We have toured around South Australia with many public performances and school bookings since 2013.

Space Encounters (an Australian opera)

Space Encounters is a 50-minute, interactive children’s opera written by Sean O’Boyle and Ian McFadyen. It tells the story of two astronauts and their robot as they travel into space in search of a signal. What will they find when they get there…and will they be able to return home again? In outer space, our astronauts learn lessons of acceptance, not judging a book by its cover, friendship and helping one another.

The cast:
Jefferson – Lisa Cannizzaro
Harris – Karina Bligh
Zolo – Andrew Turner
Roland – Emma Knights
Covers – Meg Doherty, Jeremy Tatchell & Andrew Georg

As well as performing in several school halls, in 2014, Space Encounters was part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday Program and also part of the Out of the Square program.

In keeping with Emma Knights Productions’ sustainability guidelines, this shows costumes, sets and props were saved from being dumped! Even more than that the set is made up of recycled drink bottles!

More information…

If you would like to book Space Encounters for your school, or for more information please contact Emma Knights Productions via our contact page. We only need a small flat surface to perform the show and we come to you!

Emma Knights Productions also tours Tales of Adventure & Pirates of Penzance to schools.