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Lucy Thraves

Assistant Editor

The Eden Project to stage its first ever opera

12:14, 16th May 2018

The Unsung Heroes of the Planet is a collaboration between music theatre company Gestalt Arts and leading scientists, and is about trees’ ability to communicate through underground networks of fungus.

‘The aim has been to challenge the way we see the world and the environment around us, and aims to inspire connection with the environmental community,’ said Ruth Mariner, artistic director of Gestalt Arts. ‘Messages about the environment are increasingly doom-laden, impacting our ability to respond and take charge. Unsung Heroes offers an alternative, positive starting point which uses ground-breaking research to suggest the planet’s restoration can only come from listening to our great power: nature itself.’

Unsung Heroes piloted at Green Man Festival 2017, funded by the British Ecology Society, with Cardiff University as scientific partners. It will be performed in the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project from 28-31 May, and as part of various pop-up performances throughout the centre. All performances are included in the price of an entrance ticket.

With the Eden Project’s involvement, Unsung Heroes will be redeveloped with award-winning pathologist Rachel Warmington as part of Julie’s Bicycle’s ‘Season for Change’ – a six month UK-wide initiative featuring ‘the widest and wildest creative responses to climate change’, programmed to coincide with the landmark UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

Unsung Heroes will celebrate the launch of the Eden Project’s new permanent exhibition ‘Invisible Worlds’, which explores the interconnectedness of life and the environment.


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