When you're planning an outing with your children, a trip to the opera probably doesn't feature high on your list of possibilities- but this opera is different.
The Firework-Maker's Daughter is based on an award-winning novel by top children's author, Philip Pullman and promises to be a real treat.
It has humour, colour, music, animal characters and great puppetry - all the things that kids love, together with firework effects.
The opera is a co-production of Opera Group and Opera North and tells the story of Lila, who wants to be a firework-maker just like her father. She runs away to find out more about firework-making and children will love her new-found friend - a love-sick elephant. The gripping tale will have them on the edge of their seats as Lila's adventure with pirates and tigers, unfolds. (The characters include a scary fire-fiend so bear this in mind if your children are very young.)
The opera is currently touring and has had some great reviews. You can see it at Northern Stage in Newcastle at 7pm on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. There is also a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday and you can book your children into workshop events where they will work with a professional director and singer. One workshop is for children aged from 8-12 while another is suitable for the whole family. The workshops are free but must be booked in advance so you need to be quick to get places.
All tickets for the opera are £10 for children and students and adult seats start at £12.50. Family tickets are also available. Obviously the lower-priced seats tend to fill up quickly so you should book as early as possible.
The theatre also has special prices for multi-show bookings so you could save money by booking for shows later in the year at the same time.
The Northern Stage theatre is just two minutes from Northumberland Street, the city's main shopping street and is close to Haymarket Metro station. If you are driving, see the theatre website for directions and parking.