ROGUE Opera creates intimate productions which can be staged almost anywhere. Next week the company brings Bizet’s Carmen to the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe for a two night run.

Director Bronwen Stephens-Harding said they are passionate about bringing opera to new spaces and audiences.

“Many people are used to opera performed in grand venues and a very expensive, but special, occasion. I took the decision to create Rogue Opera with the intention to present opera in intimate venues. I believe in the importance of storytelling.

“Carmen is not a play, but the audience will be engaged in the whole performance from the set, the drama and the acting, complimented by amazing music,” she said.

Bronwen encourages audiences to step forward and be a part of something they may have never experienced before, but still have some form of familiarity. “There are people who come, who know nothing about classical music. There are lots of musical motifs that people will know from what they hear in everyday life. It is all about bringing music to life. It’s similar to the difference between listening to a play on the radio and seeing it as a live production. It takes on a completely new life.”

She added: “There is a synergy between the history of Shelley Theatre and what we are looking to achieve with Rogue Opera. The theatre also believes in keeping entertainment and the arts accessible. There is a strong community feel, that we feel privileged to be a part of.”

* To book your place for Carmen on June 20 or June 21, visit For bookings of four or more, there is a discounted offer of £14 per ticket available in person from the box office or over the phone 01202 413 600