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Immortalise your love letters in our next opera

Streetwise Opera is looking for Tyneside love letters from the last 100 years to be immortalised in an exciting new opera and exhibition.

We’re interested in letters in the widest sense – you might have hand-written letters from your grandparents in the attic, an interesting email in your inbox, a postcard from a friend stuck to the fridge, or a recent text message saved in your phone.

We’re interested in love in the broadest sense too, including:
    - romantic love, whether gay or straight, traditional or modern
    - love about local industry e.g. the shipyards
    - love between parent and child
    - stories of loss
    - love for local culture/sport e.g. Newcastle United
    - infidelity
    - crimes of passion
    - love with people overseas

As long as your love letters are written in Tyneside, sent to someone in Tyneside or connected in some way to the Tyneside area, they can be happy or sad, humorous or serious, from 1917 up to the present day – we’re very keen to receive them!

All letters will be embedded into the design for a brilliant new cabaret opera exploring 100 years of love in Tyneside. The show is the result of a year-long collaboration between Streetwise Opera, an award-winning national charity using music to transform the lives of people who’ve experienced homelessness, and Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsSage GatesheadRoyal Northern SinfoniaChanging Lives and ReCoCo

The opera will be performed at Sage Gateshead in April 2018, after which the set will be showcased in a special exhibition. Additionally, a selection of love letters will be used to inspire the music and stories of the show.

Please submit letters to love@streetwiseopera.org by midnight on 28 August 2017. Alternatively, post your letter to Streetwise Opera, 26 Red Lion Square WC1R 4AG (please don’t send originals as they cannot be returned). Make sure to include your name, telephone number and the year the letter was written.

For more information, call 020 7730 9551. Please note that by sending in your love letter, you are consenting for it to be used for the above purposes.

We look forward to being intrigued, inspired and surprised by your submissions!