Excitement is building as we approach the penultimate day of our current Streetwise Opera sessions, not only as we are building up to our final showcase but also because our founder and lovely boss Matt Peacock is coming up from the London head office today to sunny Nottingham, to see what we have been getting up to. He will be in for a treat because we have some great people in the group at the moment who are producing some fine work. However there is no such thing as a free lunch and he will obviously have to join in with our our mini production of Cavalleria Rusticana - mind you, knowing Matt he will be more than happy to do so.
Matt Peacock MBE is the founder of Streetwise Opera and the inspiration behind this wonderful organisation. He has worked on the front line dishing out soup on a Monday night at the Passage, a homeless night shelter in a former MoD building in Victoria with no running water. His initial inspiration came from an off-the cuff remark by Tory MP Sir George Young who said
"The homeless; aren't they the people you step over when you are coming out of the opera?"
In a sentence he had enunciated the perceived social divide that condemned the homeless to the lowest level of society. Matt was shown this interview by one of the service users as the soup kitchen who was reading the paper and objected to Young's remark. "They were a bit angry" he says mildly.
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