music drama film
libretto by Ruth Mariner
Spin a Tale
Constella OperaBallet have worked in partnership with Derbyshire’s Darley Abbey to bring its heritage to life through a series of seven short films with newly commissioned dance, music and drama.
In this original piece, three of Constella OperaBallet’s singers showcase the architectural history of Darley Abbey, focusing on the houses of Brick Row, which were built to attract workers away from the industrial hub of Derby and into the new industry of Darley Abbey.
Brick Row is dedicated to Jane Manning OBE (1938 - 2021), the extraordinary new music soprano and a patron of Constella.
Mrs Bates - Claire Wild
Mrs Smith - Fleur de Bray
Mrs Hickling - Rachel Maby
Mr Taylor - Roland Harrad,
Director & Librettist - Ruth Mariner
Music - Leo Geyer
Costume - Sebastian Freeburn
Make-up & Hair - Monica Montalvo
Prop Design - Holly Pigott
Film Production - YSP Media
Director & Editor - Christopher Bevan
Cinematographer - Jackie Teboul
Location Sound Engineer - Benjamin Hodge
Spin A Tale has been produced by Constella OperaBallet in collaboration with Beam, supporting Darley Abbey Day 2021 for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.