Gloria is a beautiful pig, but she's lonely. Foolishly, she falls in love with a butcher and is just about to go for the chop – when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue.
Mahogany Opera Group – formerly The Opera Group – present H.K. Gruber's delightfully absurd and darkly comic cabaret opera Gloria – A Pigtale, in a new production directed by Frederic Wake-Walker. Amid yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, Gruber constructs a delirious ludicrous world while taking a zany sideswipe at right-wing politics.
With a cast of five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes a variety of musical styles – jazz, blues, Bavarian oompah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets this darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret.
Gloria - A Pigtale is a co-production with Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival.
Dates & Venues:
17 May2014: Hull Truck
20 & 21 May 2014: Norwich Playhouse, Norfolk & Norwich Festival
16, 17, 18, 19 July 2014: Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
23 & 26 July 2014 : Buxton Opera House, Buxton Festival
31 July & 2 August 2014: Bregenz Festival