Gold Run

1 April 2012

Sunday 1 April 2012, 3pm

A 30-strong choir, action-packed film and a giant sculptural head combine in a dynamic performance inspired by the history of the Paralympic Games

2012 is a landmark year in the history of the Paralympic Games: learning-disabled athletes are back. Having being welcomed into the Games in 1996, their participation was rocked at Sydney 2000 with the discovery that most of Spain’s basketball team did not have a disability. London 2012 marks the return of learning-disabled athletes after a 12 year ban.

Gold Run is created and performed by learning-disabled and marginalised artists. It is an original commission and partnership between Glyndebourne; Carousel, the award-winning disability arts organisation; and Pallant House Gallery, the acclaimed home of modern art in the South.

The premiere took place on Glyndebourne’s main stage on Sunday 1 April 2012. Gold Run will also be performed at Brighton Dome, Dilston Grove Gallery, Southwark Park and Chichester Festival Theatre.

For dates and times and to keep up-to-date with how the production is developing, visit www.goldrun.org.uk

Premiere reviews

Press

Gold Run touched the audience in a way that dispelled the feeling of ‘Aw, didn’t they do well’ and replaced it with ‘My god, this is quite brilliant.’
Andrew Kay, Latest 7

Audience

"Gold Run was beautiful yesterday. Uplifting, moving, witty, inspiring and a complete joy to watch. Well done to all at @glyndebourne!” Arlene Rolph via Twitter

“Congrats to the whole cast and crew for 'Gold Run' at Glyndebourne. Fab show!” Stuart Heaton via Twitter

“Thank-you Carousel and everyone at Glyndebourne for all helping and working so hard for us to see the Gold Run it was a great start to the Olympics!”

“I am so glad that Glyndebourne supported this venture and opened the beautiful opera house and grounds to so many people who might never have seen them before.”

“A breath of fresh air for Glyndebourne- inclusion is the name of the game here. I have seen your shows for the young people who may not be able to experience such performance, but to now embrace another, in my opinion, marginalized group, is fantastic. The atmosphere outstripped some 'mainstream' events I have attended too, before, during and after the show.”

“Just congratulations - your education department brings new and lively audiences to Glyndebourne’s stately home! I have led drama workshops with physically disadvantaged but this was a wholly new experience.”

“It was an incredibly engaging and emotional experience. I was very moved by the commitment and achievement of the performers.”

“It was so good to see so many different people involved and also the range of activities from film, to graphics to art work to spoken voice over and then of course the choir and the lead vocalist. Also a great reminder about the debate in the Olympic movement, it kept us animated in the break and afterwards.”

Carousel, Glyndebourne and Pallant House Gallery Logos

Gold Run has been made possible thanks to generous support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Estate of the Late Mrs Isabelle Jane Leete, The Monument Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, uScreen (Accentuate, Screen South, Legacy Trust UK, SEEDA, Interreg North Sea Region Programme, BFI), The Eleanor Barton Trust, The Enid Blyton Trust for Children, Brighton and Hove Charitable Youth Trust and The Souter Trust.

We would also like to thank Brighton and Hove City Council, Mencap and Oska Bright for their support of this project.

Section One – Getting Ready

Film

In my dreams, in my dreams, in my dreams
Funny things happen

Getting married
Being in a spaceship
Everything is pink and purple, blue red or orange
Singing in a band
Dancing, driving a bus, being in politics
Meeting the Pope,
Seeing Kylie
Saying goodbye to Grandad

The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
It’s shining over London
Olympic Boy, Olympic Girl
Olympic Boy, Olympic Girl
Bring us home a medal

It’s the 2012 Paralympics.  For the first time learning disabled athletes are allowed to compete since being disqualified in 2000.  Many young hopefuls want the glory, but only few will succeed and they’re going to need all the help they can get.

Coach
I am here to help you
I am here to guide you
I am here to lead you on your journey

I am here to help you
I am here to guide you
I am here to lead you on your way

I will be your friend, I will be your friend
You can trust me, trust me.

Coach
You’ve got to train and train,
Until you get it right
You’ve got to do it properly
Until something happens
Get ready – it’s time to begin!

Athletes
Getting ready
Getting up in the morning
Getting ready
Getting up in the morning

Dizzy with excitement!
Bubbling like bubbly
Dizzy with excitement!
Bubbling like bubbly
It makes you jump for joy!
It makes you jump for joy!
It makes you jump for joy!

Getting ready
Getting up in the morning
Getting ready
Getting up in the morning

What will happen when we are famous?
I’ll have loads of money
Be in the magazines
Get stopped in the street
Have a fast car.

Coach
Stop, slow down, don’t get carried away
Stop, slow down, I can show you the way     
You’ve got to try and try again
You’ve got to keep on trying
You’ve got to really want it
If you want to make it!

We just want to be famous!

Athletes
I want to be famous, I want to be famous
I want to be famous, I want to be famous
I want to be the best, I want to be a winner
I want to be famous

I want to be famous, I want to be famous
I want to be famous, I want to be famous
I want to be the best, I want to be a winner
I want to be famous

Coach      
But do you want to be happy?
Do you want to be free?
Think about what you want to achieve….
Is fame going to be enough?

Athletes:
(spoken) Ergh, Yeah!           
I want to be famous, I want to be famous
I want to be famous, I want to be famous
I want to be the best, I want to be a winner
I want to be famous

Section Two – Obstacles

Months later and the constant training is taking its toll. No longer obsessed by fame, our athletes know that if they want to be the best, they have to give it their all. But the hard work is too much for some. Exhausted and lonely they are thinking about quitting but their coach urges them not to give up.

Coach
I am here to help you
I am here to guide you
I am here to lead you on your journey

I am here to help you
I am here to guide you
I am here to lead you on your way

I will be your friend, I will be your friend
You can trust me, trust me.

I really want to but…
I never get to see my friends
I’m exhausted
I want a lie in
I just feel stuck

Trapped by a wall, I am stuck
Trapped by a wall, I am stuck
It’s blocking my way, I am stuck!
It’s blocking my way, I am stuck!
It’s grey and spikey
It’s grey and spikey
I give up!

Where is my oasis?
I’m reaching for the stars
I’m praying for a miracle, miracle
But it’s a mirage.

Semi-chorus
What shall we do?
How can we break through?
What shall we do?
How can we break through?

We could get more rest
We could exercise more every day

Or we could cheat, cheat, cheat
We want to cheat, cheat, cheat
We want to win so we’ll cheat, cheat, cheat
There’s no other way
So we’ll cheat, cheat, cheat

Athletes
We want to cheat, cheat, cheat
We want to cheat, cheat, cheat
We want to win so we’ll cheat, cheat, cheat
There’s no other way
So we’ll cheat, cheat, cheat

Throw them in the water
Change their rules around
Take a short cut
Hide their kit
Poison someone’s food
Spread rumours
Put drugs in their chocolate
Handcuff them to a lamppost
Put obstacles in their way – raise the bar
Burn their relay stick
We could take steroids

Coach
Don’t do it, that’s not the way to win
Don’t do it don’t let yourself give in
You’ll only let yourself down

Don’t do it don’t that’s not the way to win
Don’t do it don’t let yourself give in
Don’t waste everything we’ve worked for
Don’t waste everything we’ve done.

It may feel good at first
But when you’re on your own
You’ll know the glory wasn’t really yours

No one there to help me
No one there to guide me
No one there to lead me on my journey

No one there to help me
No one there to guide me
No one there to lead me on my way

No one was my friend, No one was my friend
(spoken) I cheated!

Athletes
We can’t trust you
Cos you’re a cheat, cheat, cheat
You’re just a cheat, cheat, cheat
You let us down
You’re just a cheat, cheat, cheat
We can’t trust you now!
Cos you’re a cheat, cheat, cheat

Interval - 20 minutes

Section Three – Cheat!

Coach
Tears fall like raindrops on my pillow.
Tears fall like raindrops on my pillow.
I’m so alone, alone.

The athletes debate whether they should forgive their coach. They decide to forgive him.

Coach
Tears fall like raindrops on my pillow.
Tears fall like raindrops on my pillow.
I’m so alone, alone.

All
But friendship lifts my heart:Tears of happiness
But friendship lifts my heart:Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness
Tears of happiness

The athletes decide to forgive their coach. They understand how hard it must have been for him with no one to help. But they have each other and they have his voice to guide them. Determined to win without cheating, hard work is now the only way.

Athletes
Sweat is dripping down my face,
Will I win the race?
Bright colours on my shirt, here we go again.
With a positive mind, I believe I can win the race
With a positive mind I believe the medal is mine(allx2)
The medal is mine
The medal is mine

The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
It’s shining over London

The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
It’s shining over London

Olympic Boy, Olympic Girl
Olympic Boy, Olympic Girl
Bring us home a medal
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
The Olympic Torch is burning bright
It’s shining over London

Coach
Start off slowly, make sure you’re prepared
Start off slowly, now is the moment

Athletes
Start off slowly, make sure you’re prepared
Start off slowly, now is the moment
To realise the dream

In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams
Funny things happen
In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams
Funny things happen

Coach: I am here to help you
Athletes:  We’re all watching: will they make it?
Coach: I am here to guide you
Athletes: Will they make it?
Coach: I am here to lead you
Athletes: We’re all watching
Coach: on your journey
Athletes: Will they make it?
Athletes: Waiting, waiting…

Coach: I am here to help you
Athletes:  We’re all watching: will they make it?
Coach: I am here to guide you
Athletes: Will they make it?
Coach: I am here to lead you
Athletes: We’re all watching
Coach: on your journey
Athletes: Will they make it?
Athletes: Nearly, nearly….

All
Olympic Heroes! 
Olympic Winners!
Olympic Champions!
Their dreams come true.

Olympic Heroes! 
Olympic Winners!
Olympic Champions!
Their dreams come true, come true.

Yay
I’m the winner
Joeleyne
I have done it
Winner
Yessssssss
Number One
Hip Hip Hooray
Congratulations

Section Four – The Future

All
In my dreams,
In my dreams,
In my dreams,
Funny things happen

I want to let the world know what I’ve done
I want to let the world know what I’ve done
It’s like I’ve won the lottery
It’s like I’ve won the lottery
When you win, you take the medal home
When you win, you take the medal home
You take the medal home
You take the medal home
You take the medal home

In my dreams,
In my dreams,
In my dreams,
Funny things happen
In my dreams,
In my dreams,
In my dreams,

Funny things happen

Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run

Comments

From Glyndebourne:

The performance of Gold Run will be supertitled, so everything that the performers sing or say will be on a screen above the stage for you to read. There will also be a British Sign Language interpretation of the performance.

A full guide to our access information can be downloaded here: http://glyndebourne.com/sites/default/files/productions/downloads/glynde...

Does this performance have subtitles or surtitles?

From Glyndebourne:

The Long Bar will be open beforehand and during the interval where tea and coffee will be available.

RE Goldrun performance, please can you tell me if afternoon tea is available, I am assuming not as it's only 20 mins interval. Any chance of tea after on site ? Or is marquee open ?
Any information gratefully received.
Regards Tricia

From Glyndebourne:

Dates and times for other venues can be found at www.goldrun.org.uk

Here you can also read more about the story of Gold Run and how the production is developing. 

From Glyndebourne:

Apologies for the error with the performance times – we’re currently amending this. I can confirm the correct times for Gold Run are:

Performance starts: 3pm
Interval: 3.30 – 3.50pm
Performance finishes: 4.20pm

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