Ukuleleopera presents


A community theatre production

Bridport 2017


UkuleleOpera presents FLEA! - a spectacular community theatre production, taking place in May 2017 at Bridport Electric Palace.

Based on an original idea by Sally Vaughan, written and composed by Andrew Dickson, and directed by Niki McCretton, FLEA! tells the story of Madame Celine, the devious and exotic ringmistress of an extraordinary flea circus, where ukuleles form the main musical backdrop and storyline.

The word ukulele literally means ‘jumping flea’ in Hawaiian and the show uses the instrument as the main theme in both the story and the music. It is, however, by no means the only theme. The show will bring together many different art forms including circus, music, dance, acting, design and making, digital technology… and even dog agility!

FLEA! will appeal to a diverse audience, offering a thrilling spectacle that contains something for everybody, whatever your age or interests.


FLEA! will be performed in Bridport's Electric Palace, a stunning 1920s art deco theatre, which we will transform into a sumptuous circus setting for this production, with a custom-made set designed by Amy Yardley. There will be seating for around 300 people per performance.

The Electric Palace is situated at 35 South Street in Bridport. Please see their website for additional venue information:


There will be six performances of FLEA! between 23-27 May 2017. Doors open 1 hour before each performance time:

Tues 23rd – 1pm (general public & schools matinée)
Wed 24th – 1pm (relaxed performance* & general public)
Thurs 25th – 7:30pm
Fri 26th – 7:30pm
Sat 27th – 1:30pm & 7:30pm

* The relaxed performance is open to everyone, but especially welcoming for those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. It’s fine to make noise, move around or leave the theatre.


FLEA! is conceived and managed by a high calibre team of experienced professionals (many of whom live in Bridport) to support a large community cast performing alongside professional performers/musicians.

Back in January we held open auditions and were blown away by the quality of Bridport's talent! Consequently, around 100 people have been allocated stage roles (more than double the anticipated 50!). There are around 50 backstage roles too, to bring the production to scintillating life. The ethos behind the project was to enable all abilities to get involved in the performance and production of this unique, timely and inclusive ‘peoples opera’.

Find out more about the team in 'Our Story'.


Fri 28 April at Bridport Electric Palace

A night of fun-raising to raise money for FLEA! The night will include an illuminating and humorous illustrated talk on the Flea by Professor Philip Howse, entomology professor from Southampton University. There will also be prizes, games, music and the smallest talent quest you have never seen. Come along for a tipple and some tiddlywinks to raise money for FLEA! - the one you’ve been itching to see.