Luggage-inspired musical theatre debuts on the Caledonian Sleeper
Travellers on-board last night’s Caledonian Sleeper service were treated to a musical theatre piece inspired by items of luggage in the train’s Lounge Car as they journeyed overnight between Aberdeen and London.
They had front row seats to the world premiere of ‘Belongings’ – a performance co-commissioned by Scotland’s soundfestival and operatic company Tête à Tête.
As well as a chance to sample one of Tête à Tête and soundfestival’s forthcoming performances, guests received complimentary tickets to soundfestival for use this autumn.
Bill Bankes-Jones of London-based Tête à Tête said: “Travelling with Caledonian Sleeper is a fantastic way to explore the UK and our performance on board was designed to welcome audiences from two of the country’s most creative cities and to sample new music and works.
“For those looking for be inspired by fresh music and performances, soundfestival this autumn in Scotland helps make new music accessible.”
Fiona Robertson, Festival Director at soundfestival, added: “As part of a range of projects to help increase access to new music, soundfestival has staged a series of operas in unusual places including a lighthouse and a stable, and on a bus.
“We are delighted to be able to take this initiative forward with these special performances on the Caledonian Sleeper. We hope hearing this opera will encourage people to enjoy more performances both at Tête à Tête and soundfestival.”
Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s Guest Experience Director at Caledonian Sleeper, added: “What better way to travel than to a performance that brings alive the experience of travelling by some of the country’s most talented stars?
“As well as a performance of a night time, our guests also received complimentary tickets to Scotland’s acclaimed soundfestival and I hope they will enjoy the autumn festival’s delights if they are planning to attend later this year.”
‘Belongings’ will be re-staged on the Caledonian Sleeper, which transports travellers between Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London Euston nightly, on the evening of 9 November followed by pop up performances in Deeside to coincide soundfestival.
Soundfestival takes place between 26 and 11 November in Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire.