Greek

December 5-9, 2018

Scottish Opera/Opera Ventures
Libretto by Steven Berkoff from his play Greek
Adapted by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore
Composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Conducted by Stuart Stratford
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins
Associate Director Daisy Evans

Part of the BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival

On the streets of north London, Eddy, a modern-day Oedipus, dreams of a better life. After hearing a fortune teller’s disturbing prediction, he resolves at all costs to avoid shagging his own mum. But sure enough he finds himself in the prophetically maternal arms of an East End café manager and the very incestuous bed he sought to avoid.

In this in-your-face operatic retelling of the Oedipus tale, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage (Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) transports Sophocles to an apocalyptic 1980s London, plagued by police violence, racism, and socioeconomic decay. Cleverly combining cockney-accented profanity and irreverent drama with Turnage’s audacious score and an outstanding four-person cast, Greek is an incisive, brash contemporary statement on fate and family.

Set design by Johannes Schütz
Costume design by Alex Lowde
Lighting design by Matthew Richardson
Video design by Dick Straker
Movement by Jenny Ogilvie
Dramaturgy by Caroline Steinbeis

Co-produced by Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera

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