Possibly the first opera written specifically for care settings, 6 Characters in Search of An Opera is an example of innovation in care through the collaboration of professional artists, health and care professionals, and the generosity of Davina’s Fund and the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA).

Care Home Entertainment

Five classically trained musicians turn up at a venue, as instructed. They have learnt their songs, they know the music and even some dance moves. Confusion abounds as the songs are all from different operas and the director is nowhere to be seen…

Commissioned by Davina’s Fund and Michael Norton of CIVA. Written by popular playwright Rachel Barnett, directed by award-winning Helen Eastman and featuring an international group of highly talented, professional opera singers. Supported by top UK care organisations.


We have taken this performance to over 20 different care settings including hospices, dementia units, nursing homes and community centres, as well as mental health and brain injury facilities. It has had a profoundly positive impact on those whose lives and minds are often difficult to reach, as well as on those who care for them.

As word gets out, we are receiving many enquiries from care settings across the country, proving that the appetite for quality arts engagement exists in many care environments. The challenge is now to raise the attention and funds to meet this well-established need in an effective manner..

We thank Michael Norton for co-funding, along with Davina’s Fund, the pilot tour of 6 Characters in the South West and London in the Spring of 2017, and D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust for contributing towards our Autumn 2017 West Midlands tour.

A fundraising tour of 6 Characters in Search of An Opera is to be announced soon.


Cast of 6 Characters