Magna Carta: The Freedom Game was a new community opera, commissioned by Surrey Arts to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in Surrey. ‘Magna Carta The Freedom Game’ was composed by Hannah Conway, with words by Sir Richard Stilgoe and directed by Karen Gillingham.
The opera explored Magna Carta values such as democracy, liberty, citizenship and freedom. It has two acts and tells the story of a Surrey family and their quest to win back freedoms which are taken away from them during a computer game. The opera concludes with the message that we should never stop playing for freedom.
It was performed for the first time by over 1000 Surrey residents at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 12 May 2015. Watch a documentary about the Opera: