education projects

Poster for The White Cat programme image from Rainland performance Stephen's workshop with young musicians Poster for Ludd and Isis

Stephen Plaice was Writer in Residence at Lewes Prison from 1987-1994.

In 2014 Stephen wrote a 45 minute piece especially for drama GCSE students at Peacehaven Community School The White Cat — an account of the witchcraft accusaltions made in Dallington in the early seventeenth century. The play was directed by Jenny Alborough, the Head of Drama at Peacehaven.

Stephen has wide experience in opera education. In 2011, he co-led the Jerwood Opera Course at Aldeburgh, in which composers and writers are guided in the initial process of collaboration. A fluent German speaker, in the last two years he has worked extensively with the Altana Institute, training German artists and teachers to introduce collaborative arts workshops into the school system in Frankfurt and Munich.

In 2009/10 he worked with schoolchildren of Thurrock and the communities of the Grays/ Purfleet area to develop the core iodeas for Ludd and Isis, the new opera which will open the new ROH Production Park at Purfleet.

In 2005 he was commissioned to write the libretto for a new adaptation of Mozart and Da Ponte's Così fan tutte, to be performed as an opera/hiphop fusion by professional soloists with a youth chorus. This was a Glyndebourne Education co-production with Finnish National Opera and the Estonian National Opera.

In 2005 he worked with the composer Nigel Osborne and the director Stephen Langridge with inmates of Plötzensee Prison to produce a music theatre piece based on Bluebeard's Castle entitled Seven Doors.

In 2004 with the composer Joseph Phibbs he was commissioned to write a choral drama Rainland for the 25th anniversary of the East Sussex Music Service. This was performed by a chorus of over a thousand children and three soloists at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2004 he worked with three schools in the Berlin suburb of Buch, using local graffiti as the starting-point for a project entitled Secret Signs.

In 2003 he devised a piece with music students Requiem For Whom?, which was performed at the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin.

Besides the children's opera Misper (1997) and the youth opera Zoë (2000), Stephen has participated in many education projects for Glyndebourne, including the production of the musical Race the Devil for the Arundel Festival in 1995, which was a collaboration between probationers and drama students, with the composer Adrian Johnstone.

He worked on three projects with Zukunft@BPhil, the education department of the Berlin Philharmonic.