Kidopera

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Scottish Opera’s interactive hit show for 3-4 year olds returns this Autumn for a second tour visiting a range of different venues across Scotland.

Building on the phenomenal success of BabyO and SensoryO, the much loved productions for babies and toddlers, Scottish Opera developed KidO for a young audience of 3-4 year olds and their parents or carers, proving yet again that you are never too young to enjoy music.

The show demonstrates that you can make music out of anything – as long as you have a bit of imagination. KidO uses vocal and body percussion to build up words, tunes and beats that children can get involved with. It takes everyday household objects such as teacups and a bowl of fruit, injects some fun and makes the ordinary extraordinary.

Directed by award-winning children’s theatre director Lu Kemp, with music by Glasgow-based composer Katy Lavinia Cooper, KidO tells the story of Major who is super-efficient and likes to keep his space neat and tidy. When the chaotic and noisy Magpie arrives looking for a place to store some precious possessions, the two are on a collision course until a friend intervenes to help them live in perfect harmony. Performers Frances Morrison-Allen, Stuart Semple and Adam Gilbert bring the 45 minute show to life.

The List said: It’s a beautiful demonstration of science meets art that has everyone beaming.’

Jane Davidson, Director of Outreach and Education at Scottish Opera said:

‘We aim to build on the interest from young audiences and their parents and carers as we take the show to a host of different venues. We hope they find it fun, but there’s also evidence that musical experiences such as this can help children with their cognitive & emotional development. At this age, most children are learning how to build relationships; responding to the actions & attitudes of others as well as testing the boundaries of accepted behavior. In KidO, they encounter all of these which helps them to identify with the highs and lows (both musical and emotional) of three quirky, engaging characters who inhabit a shared space.’

KidO is at the MacArts Centre, Galashiels, on Sunday and Monday, September 20-21, 2pm–3.30pm.

Tickets £5 for children and £7 for accompanying adults, available from www.macarts.scot and 01896 756852.