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Greek

Mark-Anthony Turnage / Steven Berkoff / Opera Ventures & Scottish Opera / Stuart Stratford / Joe Hill-Gibbins
5 - 6 August 2017
Festival Theatre

Unveiled to the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival, Greek is now a modern opera classic, lauded in productions across the world. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s blazing opera exploded onto the stage in 1988 – and overnight redefined what opera can be. Based on the in-your-face stage play by Steven Berkoff, Greek gives the ancient myth of Oedipus a contemporary resonance in which racism, police violence, strikes and inner city decay combine in an apocalyptic vision of a divided Britain.

Thuggish young Eddy is stuck in a rut. He longs for a life beyond his current lot. But when he’s told he’ll kill his father and sleep with his mother, he’s appalled, fleeing his grimy home for a shiny new life. But can he escape the coming cataclysm – or is he the trigger?

Turnage’s audacious score blends the brutal sounds of the streets with a touching lyrical tenderness, taking in influences from the jazz of Miles Davis to the chants of the football terraces, all bound together with his renowned muscular power.

This brand new staging is a co-production between Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures, a new UK charity dedicated to transforming the production of opera globally. Acclaimed young British baritone Alex Otterburn stars as grungy anti-hero Eddy, alongside revered British singers Susan Bullock, Allison Cook and Andrew Shore. Scottish Opera Music. Director Stuart Stratford conducts and the production is directed by the brilliantly inventive Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins.

With its choked Cockney drawl and its demonic energy, Turnage’s Greek is aggressive, defiant and profane – an operatic blow to the stomach with all the fury of a pub brawl.


This production contains strong language


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Greek was co-commissioned by the International Festival and performed in the Leith Theatre in 1988.

  • Language: 
    Performed in English with English supertitles
  • Audio Described:
    6 Aug 5pm
  • Running time: 
    1hr 20mins approx (no interval)

Venue

Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9FT

Supported by

Susie Thomson

Access

  • Audio described
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    Libretto by Steven Berkoff from his play Greek. Adapted by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore

    A new Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera co-production, co-presented with Edinburgh International Festival

    The Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera co-production of Greek has been made possible with support from Sarah Billinghurst and Howard Solomon, Alistair and Elizabeth Storey, and Denise Coates Foundation. With additional support from the KT Wong Foundation and the Boltini Trust

    Alex Otterburn Eddy
    Andrew Shore Dad, Café Manager, Chief of Police
    Susan Bullock Mum, Waitress 2, Sphinx 1
    Allison Cook Wife, Doreen, Waitress 1, Sphinx 2

    Stuart Stratford Conductor
    Joe Hill-Gibbins Director
    Jenny Ogilvie Movement director
    Johannes Schütz Set designer
    Alex Lowde Costume designer
    Matthew Richardson Lighting designer
    Caroline Steinbeis Dramaturg

    Soloists of The Orchestra of Scottish Opera


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    Andrew Shore
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    Susan Bullock
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    Allison Cook
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