Smiles Bet­ter

A new Snappy Opera from composer Pippa Murphy and librettist Karine Polwart.

Nothing makes the people of Smileybridge smile more than playing in Puppy Park every day with their beloved pet dogs. And nothing makes the dogs of Smileybridge happier than making their beloved humans smile. But when The Smile Troopers arrive, with their dazzling new invention, The Smile Hoover, the people of Smileybridge are tempted to swap their old smiles for huge, shiny, new ones. The dogs of Smileybridge are not so sure…

This new Snappy Opera was developed remotely, during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, with two year 6 classes from Holystone Primary School in North Tyneside, and is due for completion in Summer 2021.

June 2022

Venue TBC In partnership with Edinburgh International Festivals

July 2022

Playhouse Whitley Bay in partnership with North Tyneside Music Education Hub


Commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group and North Tyneside Music Education Hub as part of Mahogany Opera’s Snappy Operas programme.


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The commission of Smiles Better was Supported by the Finn Family Fund, Dr Joan Hester and the PRS Foundation.

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