The Bear Goes Walkabout UK Tour

In the summer of 2013, Helios Collective toured a triple-bill production across the UK, in partnership with Melos Sinfonia. Called The Bear Goes Walkabout, the widely acclaimed show visited theatres in Kingston, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Central London.

Events like The Bear Goes Walkabout are premonitions of the future of British classical music.
– Broadway Baby

The Bear Goes Walkabout featured William Walton’s The Bear and two new chamber operas – Red As Blood and Bare – written by emerging composers Joel Rust and Philip Ashworth.

Joel’s and Philip’s operas were selected through a composition competition, judged by Jonathan Dove, that attracted entries from more than fifty composers across the UK and overseas.

Performance Dates

  • Rose Theatre Kingston, London
    31 July 2013
  • Sage Gateshead, Newcastle
    2 August 2013
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    3 & 4 August 2013
  • St Cyprian’s Church, Central London
    6 August 2013