Woodbridge Riverside Trust commissioned Jana Rowland to compose music for “The King’s River” to celebrate the regeneration of the derelict Whisstocks boatyard.

The story tells of King Raedwald’s death and discovery of the Anglo-Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo. It was performed 5 times on 11 – 15 July 2017 to capacity audiences of 250 people on each occasion.

Part 1 took place in the open air in front of the new Longshed building on the Whisstocks site. Part 2 was held in the Riverside Theatre.

33 children and 59 adults from the local community took part as singers, dancers and musicians alongside 10 professional singers and musicians. Ages of the performers ranged from 8 to over 80. The production was led by a team of 16 professionals and supported by 112 volunteers. Some performers had no previous experience of dancing or singing in public and some could not read music.

The photos below were taken during rehearsals with choreographer Caroline Mummery and musical director Andrew Leach. Claire Lyth designed the costumes and set.