The JTP Trust have revealed that Swindon’s famous star Diana Dors, played by soprano Polly Leech, will be the narrator of ‘Swindon: The Opera’, to be held at the STEAM Museum on 7 & 8 July 2012.
Polly Leech, Supreme Champion of the Swindon Music Festival 2011 will play the Hollywood style 1950’s blonde bombshell, who has a clear link to the stage and Swindon’s cultural heritage. The commission of a recent photoshoot allowed Polly to get into the character with some classic 1950’s poses.
“I’m honoured to be playing Diana Dors as she was arguably Swindon’s most famous daughter and a true heroine.” Polly said. “I really enjoyed the recent photoshoot and am looking forward to showcasing Swindon with the rest of the cast.”
One of Diana Dors’ roles in the opera is to keep in order a raucous panel of cynics played by John Milford, Stephanie Walsh, Shaun Holley, Sophia Bovell, Peter Kent, Katherine Hunt, Bob Desmond and Becci Smith, who will provide the show’s comedy by watching and commenting on all the action.
Matt Fox, Librettist, commented “One of the main reasons for producing ‘Swindon: The Opera’ is to counteract the critical hammering which Swindon often receives for it’s apparent lack of culture.” He added “The cynics are an eight strong panel of great characters who will be legitimately put in their place for mocking and pre-judging Swindon’s cultural history.”
It has been a busy month for the ‘Swindon: The Opera’ production team, with the JTP Trust Chorus singing in ‘Worldsong!" at the Royal Albert Hall in April and vocal workshops starting in local schools.
Tickets for ‘Swindon: The Opera’, a BIG Lottery funded project, are available from The STEAM Museum.
For more information, visit www.swindontheopera.co.uk.
Pictured: Polly Leech as Diana Dors by Puttyfoot Photography