TroyStory – our intergalactic opera retelling a couple of Homer’s epics – launches at Stratford Upon Avon Civic Hall on Friday – which means this week is all about the final preparations…

The orchestrated score is now with David Curtis, conductor of Orchestra of the Swan. On Tuesday it’s the last cast rehearsal in school (with the young people of Welcombe Hills, Thomas Jolyffe and Wilmcote schools). On Wednesday, the orchestra rehearse. On Thursday, we get the set and tech kit into the venue and on Friday, everyone will converge on the Civic Hall for a dress run and then the first show.

It would be great if you could join us for the show on Friday at 4.30 or Saturday at 2.30. This is what you would be letting yourself in for:

It is the year 3000 and Odysseus is at home with his wife, son, robot and electronic goldfish when he is summoned to the war on Troy, a planet on the other side of the Galaxy. He might be the cleverest of all Earth’s Generals but has he got enough horse sense to defeat the Trojans? And can he get home through hyper space – which is packed with Sirens, nine headed monsters and giant one eyed sheep farmers? And will he get back before his wife gets fed up of knitting duvet covers and marries somebody else?

All these questions and more will be answered in an intergalactic opera made by Orchestra Of the Swan and Talking Birds in collaboration with Welcombe Hills, Thomas Jolyffe and Wilmcote schools. Featuring loads of singers, a bit of fighting and a few tricks, TroyStory takes two epic yarns from ancient Greece, puts them into the future and re tells them in round about two hours, (including a stop-off for refreshments)…

TroyStory includes the Illiad-inspired prequel to, and our acclaimed Space Odyssey. Tickets are on sale here – grab them while you can!