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Handpicked Productions: The Promise

A new outdoor opera for families Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July 2023

“That was awesome!” Audience Member

Based on the celebrated book The Promise, this new outdoor opera for families tells the story of a young girl who lives in a hard and ugly city. One night she tries to steal from an old woman; but in the struggle that follows, the girl is urged to make a promise that will transform her life.

Featuring an ensemble of world-class musicians and performers, Handpicked Productions bring the colourful story to life through song, puppetry, and theatrical magic!

Music composed by Daniel Saleeb, text by Nicola Davies, conceived and directed by Lucy Bradley with designs by Sascha Gilmour.

Based on the book The Promise © Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin. Licensed by Walker Books Ltd


Bethan Langford (Woman)
Eleanor Penfold (Girl)
Chloe Sommer  (Terry And)  
Amy Helena (Terry Too)

Paul Whittaker (BSL interpreter)

About Handpicked Productions

Handpicked believe in the power of the arts to change lives. The company works collaboratively with communities and artists to create unique, playful encounters leading to unforgettable experiences and positive impacts.



Great Linford Manor Park Canalside, MK14 5DZ

Access Facilities

Assistance Dogs Welcome BSL Interpreted EventDrop-Off and Pick-Up PointBlue Badge Parking available Wheelchair Accessible

BSL Performances on Sun 30 July
BSL interpretation by Paul Whittaker

BSL Workshop, Friday 28 July, 1.30pm-3pm
The Stables Spiegeltent, Festival Central, Campbell Park
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance in conjunction with a ticket/s for either of the performances on Sun 30 July.

What to Expect

⌚ Duration 60 mins
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly (6+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
🪑 Seated Event - benches will be provided, but feel free to bring your own chair or picnic blanket!
🌳 Outdoor Event