Ukuleleopera presents


A community theatre production

Bridport 2017


UkuleleOpera presented FLEA! - a spectacular community theatre production, from 23-27 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! told the story of Madame Celine, the devious and exotic ringmistress of an extraordinary flea circus, where ukuleles formed the main musical backdrop and storyline.

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

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


FLEA! was performed in Bridport's Electric Palace, a stunning 1920s art deco theatre, which was transformed into a sumptuous circus setting for this production, with a custom-made set designed by Amy Yardley. 5 of the 6 performances were sold out with some 300 people per show in the audience!


There were six performances of FLEA! between 23-27 May 2017.

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 was 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! was 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.

In January 2017 we held open auditions and were blown away by the quality of Bridport's talent! Consequently, around 100 people were allocated stage roles (more than double the anticipated 50!). There were 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'.