GO Create, is a new digital resource created to engage young people with opera in an inspiring, accessible and fun way.
Aimed at ages 11-16, this short series introduces young people to the world of opera and everything that goes into making it.
GO Create is filmed at Garsington Opera’s home, a beautiful opera house nestled in the Chiltern Hills at Wormsley. On stage, we are used to seeing a wonderful spectacle with singers, dancers, an orchestra and captivating design, but backstage and beyond there is an extraordinary company of people who make this happen. Through GO Create, we lift the bonnet on opera and look at what and who really make it work. We hope this will inspire and inform the next generation of theatre makers to reach their full potential.
The films can be experienced individually or collectively and teachers can also play them as part of lessons to show a different way of working.
In making these films we have worked with three focus groups that have been integral to the development of GO Create. The groups have been with students at Millbrook Primary School and Cressex Community School in High Wycombe and with members of Garsington Opera’s Youth Company.
Here are some quotes from focus group participants:
“It gives me confidence to start something new.”
“I like being part of the process of deciding what GO Create is.”
“If we weren’t involved in the creation of GO Create, adults wouldn’t understand what we want.”