Channel 4 News Feature - A Shoe Full of Stars


Channel 4's five minute Feature: New opera written with students about terrorism threat


How do young people deal with the threat of terrorism, and how should adults and parents respond after an attack. Students from North Huddersfield Trust School have set about trying to answer these questions and more in the form of a professionally-produced opera.

It had its premiere this week, and we went along.

Libretto by Ed Harris
Composed by Omar Shahryar
Directed by Ruth Mariner, Gestalt Arts

 Gestalt Arts

Gestalt Arts

 Supported by the International Opera Awards

Supported by the International Opera Awards

Award-winning opera makers working closely with teenagers of North Huddersfield Trust School have developed this comic, modern opera that sensitively engages younger audiences with important issues. Mixing styles from classical to grime, A Shoe Full of Stars is a funny, touching and extraordinary opera not to be missed.

After news of a terrorist attack shakes his world, a very ordinary teenager suddenly finds himself on a bizarre, magical island where conflict is bubbling up everywhere... and nothing is at it seems!



Students and staff of North Huddersfield Trust School; Lizzie Holmes, soprano & Neil Balfour, bass-baritone. With Dark Inventions Music Ensemble