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H²hOpe: The Water Diviner's Tale

Rachel Portman

H²hOpe: The Water Diviner’s Tale is a fresh and innovative production exploring the hot issue of climate change.

It is a dramatic musical drama piece for all ages which has been created by Oscar winning composer Rachel Portman and poet/playwright Owen Sheers.

The world premiere of this new piece will be on Monday 27th August at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.


Story Outline

A natural disaster has befallen the city which has separated the Lost Children from their families.

As they search the desolate area they come across the Water Diviner, who feels he has failed his task of following the water and telling its stories.

The city's leaders have ignored his warnings and so disaster has struck.

But as he talks to the Lost Children, the Water Diviner starts to think that these may be the people he has been looking for to help him change the future.

The thought re-animates the Water Diviner and he sets out to tell the Lost Children his tale, whilst 'casting' them into the story as he goes along.


About the creators

Owen Sheers

Writing the script for H²hOpe: The Water Diviner's Tale is poet and novelist Owen Sheers, whose award winning writing has been published all around the world.

He works with Rachel Portman, who was the first female composer to win an Oscar, with her score for 'Emma' in 1997. Rachel has has written the music for many films including 'The Manchurian Candidate', 'Chocolat' and 'The Cider House Rules'. She also wrote the music for 2004's 'Little Prince'.


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