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23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024
Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation
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Culturedale: Opal’s Comet by Mr Wilson’s

Price: £Free

Event description

This event is part of Culturedale – a jam-packed programme of events and activities from April 24 – April 25 celebrating Calderdale’s Year of Culture! 

Follow Opal’s Comet, a waterborne production by the outdoor arts company Mr Wilson’s, taking place along the Rochdale Canal and Calder and Hebble Navigation as part of CultureDale, Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024 this May.

The theatrical animated production is the brainchild of Sonya Moorhead co-founder of Mr Wilson’s. It draws on the traditions of storytelling, pilgrimage, and folk music.

The performance takes place on a barge, which will be journeying from one end of the Calder Valley to the other from Wednesday May 22nd to Monday May 27thYou can find the specific locations below.

The crew is made up of a live band called The Greyhounds who perform a song cycle on the cello, piano, harp and guitar along with vocals by Sonya Moorhead, exploring the seasons of grief. It is directed by Aoife Carry who has previously worked with Cirque du Soleil.

Wearing golden clothes, the crew perform in character on the boat, which also features an intricate crafted model of a golden barge created by outdoor artists Steve Gumbley and Andy Plant. Founder Sonya explains:

“People love to stand on bridges and watch boats pass through locks, it can be hypnotic. Opal’s Comet is slow and thoughtful, but the crew are very busy and watchable; this musical boat will be like no other.”

A pack of resources including sheet music, maps, songs, and what to expect videos including British Sign Language interpretations will be available on the website.

Watch the trailer here.

The dates and locations for Opal’s Comet are:

Wednesday 22nd May – 12-4pm

WARLAND/WALSDEN

(1 mile):  Rochdale Canal towpath, starting at Warland Bridge no. 40 sailing towards Walsden, ending at Copperas House Bridge no. 32. (near Hollins Rd/Rochdale Rd junction OL14 6RH)

Thursday 23rd May – 12- 4pm

WALSDEN/TODMORDEN

(2 miles): Rochdale Canal towpath starting at Copperas House Bridge no. 32, sailing Todmorden ending at Bridge no. 26, bottom of Haugh Road.

Friday 24th May – 12-4pm

TODMORDEN/EASTWOOD/CALLIS BRIDGE/STUBBINGS

(3 miles): Rochdale Canal towpath starting at Bridge no. 26 (end of Haugh Road OL14 6BT), sailing towards Hebden Bridge, ending at Hebble End, Bridge no. 18.

Saturday 25th May – 12-4pm

HEBDEN BRIDGE/ MYTHOLMROYD/ LUDDENFOOT/ SOWERBY BRIDGE

(4 miles) Rochdale Canal starting at Hebble End, Bridge no. 18 towards Sowerby Bridge, ending at Bridge no. 2 (behind B&M Stores Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AF)

Sunday 26th May – 12-4pm

SOWERBY BRIDGE/ COPLEY

(4 miles) starting at Rochdale Canal, Bridge no. 2 (behind B&M Stores Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AF) towards Elland, ending at Calder and Hebble Navigation (Main Line), Long Lees Railway Bridge No 13.

Monday 27th May – 12-4pm

ELLAND/CROMWELL BOTTOM/ BRIGHOUSE

(3 miles) starting at Calder and Hebble Navigation (Main Line), Long Lees Railway Bridge No 13, towards Brighouse, ending at Brighouse Lower Basin Visitor Moorings, HD61PN

 

Event details

  • This event is at Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation
  • Tickets are £Free
  • This event runs from 23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024.
  • www.mrwilsons.org.uk/opals-comet