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In 2018 WNO presented Rhondda Rips it up! a rip roaring new commission celebrating the life of Welsh suffragette Margaret Haig Thomas. To enhance the production and further engage audiences and augment a key scene from the opera by blending together music, theatre and augmented reality to a new stimulating experience.
For its premiere at Sessions House court room in Usk, the Augmented Reality experience was synced to a live theatre performance, placing Rhondda in the court trial with live actors and spatial sound. After the premiere, Rhondda Rebel toured as an installation locations in Cardiff, Bangor and Southampton.
Very interesting and atmospheric. Brings the trouble of suffragism to life
A fascinating addition to the opera – gives the court atmosphere extra punch!
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Rhondda Rips It Up! and surrounding activity is supported by:
The Nicholas John Trust, in memory of Joan Moody
Associated British Ports, South Wales - proud sponsor of the World Premiere performance of Rhondda Rips It Up!
Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity
The Leche Trust
The Joan Coates Charitable Trust
WNO's performances at the Hackney Empire, London are supported by The John S Cohen Foundation
WNO's performance at the Oxford Playhouse is supported by Sian Thomas Marshall
WNO Rhondda Union