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  • Date and time: Saturday 10 June 2023, 1.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Ignite Music celebrates 60 years since the publication of John Burningham’s touching tale, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers, with a magical 45-minute children’s opera by Tim Yealland (Librettist) and Russell Hepplewhite (Composer).

Borka, the goose, is different from her brothers and sisters - she has no feathers! When her family fly south for the winter, Borka begins her own journey of discovery, making new friends, understanding it’s ok to be different, and ultimately finding her forever home.

Weaving together live music, drama, singing, puppetry and animation, four classically trained singers are accompanied by viola, bassoon and percussion.

Join us in the 30 mins before each performance for some fun pre-show activities. Learn which Borka character you most resemble, see if you are as tall as Borka, and get involved in some Borka-related crafts. You will also receive a free audience programme with info and photos about the show plus more fun Borka activities to complete at your leisure! There will also be an opportunity to take a selfie with Borka after the performance.

Aimed at children between five and seven years, but suitable for all the family.

There will be two shows (times include pre- and post-show activities):

1.30pm to 3.30pm

4.30pm to 6.30pm

Please choose your session when booking your tickets.


Ignite is a performing arts company producing new classical music. They specialise in opera, theatrical narrated concerts and musical theatre for young people and family audiences.

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Ignite Music

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible