Opera-tic: a digital opera in 15 scenes

12th July 2021


co-created by composer Michael Betteridge and Collaborators

from Second Movement and Tourette's Actions’s

Your Story, Your Voice, Your Stage project

film by Alisdair Kitchen

produced by Second Movement and Tourettes Action

Download the official programme by clicking here

Opera-tic explores through song, sound and image what it means to live with Tourette Syndrome. The music, text and film of the opera have been created to relate and represent its collaborators’ experience, stories and sensations of TS. There are moments of tension, but also release, of contemplation and great humour.

It is also a representation of the strength we can all find in ourselves, to accept a challenge, which sometimes we’ll fail but often win, to adapt to circumstances we never thought we’d meet and to find compassion and empathy for others when we may not understand or know what is going on for them, and most importantly to never lose our sense of humour.

Opera-tic was co-created online, through a year of pandemic, by 15 adults with Tourette Syndrome from across the UK and composer Michael Betteridge as part of Second Movement and Tourettes Action’s co-creative opera making project Your Story, Your Voice, Your Stage.

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