Ulla's Odyssey

by OperaUpClose in London

We did it
On 18th September 2015 we successfully raised £1,745 with 45 supporters in 21 days

A new family opera about a girl and her cat, based on Homer's Odyssey, which hopes to bring a new, young audience to opera at Kings Place.

by OperaUpClose in London

New stretch target

 Take Ulla's Odyssey to a school for a special performance!

We would love to bring the production into a school that will allow young people the opportunity to experience opera for the first time without the expense or organisation of having to come to the theatre. This money will help pay towards the costs of bringing a show to a school and hopefully encouraging a new audience for the artform.


Project aim

Award-winning OperaUpClose make their debut at Kings Place with the world premiere of fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla's Odyssey. Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, this production hopes to bring a new family audience to opera who may never have thought it was for them.

About the project

Fourteen year old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty boat 'The Homer', with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.

The show is inspired by Homer's Odyssey and uses five professional opera singers, live music and puppetry to tell Ulla’s story, which includes playful modern updates of Homer’s monsters. It is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

This new opera was the winner of the 2014 Flourish competition, an annual opera writing competition run by OperaUpClose to find the hottest new composing talent emerging in the opera world. It has music by Anthony Young (from New Zealand) and words by Leanna Brodie (from Canada), so it is an international team!

OperaUpClose is dedicated to making opera a democratic artform, so we are very excited to be producing our first opera specifically for families. Ulla’s Odyssey will run for four performances throughout October and November this year at the beautiful Kings Place in London, with plans underway to tour the production in Spring 2016 to theatres and schools around the UK.

We are an arts charity and receive no regular funding, therefore we rely heavily on our friends and theatre-loving public to help make our ideas a reality. So help us make Ulla's Odyssey the magnificent adventure it deserves to be by donating towards our crowdfunding campaign!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Buy scores for our singers! Help pay for each singer and instrumentalist to have a professionally printed and bound score that they can work with during rehearsals to make sure they give the best performance possible! As a reward you will receive a thank you on our website and a digital photo of one of the performers with their score.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Help to build the star of our show - Ulla's puppet cat Binnacle! It might be whiskers, a tail or one of four paws - your pledge will make Binnacle come alive on stage. As a reward for this pledge you will receive one year's subscription to our Friends scheme plus a framed poster of the show.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Costume a character! Help buy Ulla's dungarees, or Cy-ops' electronic eye. Perhaps you'd like to pledge towards the Goddess of the Sea's crown or Scylla's toxic dump frock? As a reward you will receive a year's membership to our Friends scheme; a thank you in our programme and a digital photo of the singer in the costume which you helped to make.

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

Give us some special effects! The show will need various special effects such as a haze machine and footlights, which can be very expensive. Help us make this show a truly magical experience. As a reward you will receive a year's membership to our Friends scheme; a signed programme from the director; a thank you in our programme; a special VIP backstage tour of the set.

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

Practise makes perfect! Help pay for a rehearsal space for the orchestra and singers to practise together to make sure the music is in tip top shape. As a reward you will receive a year's membership to our Friends scheme; a programme signed by the director; a thank you in the programme and a bound first edition of the score signed by the composer and librettist of the show.

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£100 Reward

Make the show tuneful! Help pay for the piano to be tuned before each performance so that the show really is pitch perfect. As a reward you will receive a year's membership to our Friends scheme; a programme signed by the director; a thank you in our programme and a framed poster.

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