Scottish Opera tackles climate change in new show for Scottish schools


SCOTTISH Opera are preparing to head out on a tour around Scottish primary schools to perform a new show about climate change.

‘The Last Aliens’ is a newly commissioned production aimed at primary 5 to 7, as Glasgow prepares to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference.

The production is all about saving planet earth featuring five new songs for pupils to learn.

‘The Last Aliens’ illustration by Ian Piercy Credit: Ian Piercy

The opera, composed by Alan Penman with lyrics by Ross Stenhouse, tells the story of a spaceship arriving in orbit around Earth.

The occupants have travelled all the way across the galaxy to convince everyone of the need to join and take action to protect the planet for future generations.

Jane DavidsonDirector of Outreach and Education at Scottish Opera said:

“Through engaging directly with our artists – first online and then in ‘real life’, the pupils can experience the excitement of rehearsing and performing a meaningful and funny musical story as well as exploring this crucially important subject matter across a range of key areas in the core curriculum.

As ever, our intention is to demonstrate what an effective learning and teaching tool the art form of opera is, with this unique blend of science, technology, literacy, communication skills and responsible citizenship- all connected by creativity.”

The Last Aliens Autumn Tour will run from October 27 to December 8, and the Spring Tour from January 31 to March 11 2022.