Watching: an opera for children about sleeping
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Performances

Four sell-out promenade performances of Watching took place at twilight from 18-21 March 2015 at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

Ada can’t sleep. Will the two apothecaries, Dewberry and Frostbait, have the remedy for her sleeplessness? Follow us at twilight through the garden and glasshouses of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

You can read more about the show in the ‘Watching’ Programme.

DEE ISAACS – Composer
GERDA STEVENSON – Director
KATHARINE CRAIK – Words
SKYE REYNOLDS – movement director
MATT COLLINGS & SEAN WILLIAMS – Sound
JONNIE CLOUGH – Lighting
GILLIAN ARGO – Design
ANNA COCCIADIFERRO – Costume

Performed by
Music in the Community and children from Leith Walk Primary School.

Please note this is a promenade performance – dress warmly.

 

 

Here is a synopsis of the story…

The action opens in the laboratory of two doctors, Frostbait and Dewberry, who are trying hard to find a cure for sleeplessness. Frostbait believes that he has found the perfect remedy using roses and violets, but Dewberry disagrees. A little boy called Jay knocks at the door. He has come to ask the doctors if they can help his sister, Ada, who can’t get to sleep.

Later that same evening, Jay takes the doctors to visit Ada who is – as usual – wide awake at bedtime. Frostbait administers a spoonful of his precious remedy. Everyone waits with baited breath, but nothing happens. Despite Jay’s best hopes, Frostbait’s cure has failed.

It’s midnight now, and Ada still can’t sleep. She drifts wakefully in the still of the night. Dewberry decides to try something else. He finds a magic flower, the Venice Mallow, and slips it confidently under Ada’s pillow. Ada settles down to sleep at last – only for a terrible nightmare to wake her up.

Meanwhile Frostbait and Dewberry are squabbling about their respective remedies. Jay reminds them that Ada still needs their help.

Dawn breaks at five in the morning. Finally Jay catches up with Ada who has been wandering by herself, dazed and exhausted. He sings Ada a lullaby – and at last she drifts off to sleep.