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The return of our award-winning production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s first opera, a brilliant and provocative work that exploded onto the stage in 1988. 

Based on the play by Steven Berkoff, Greek catapults us into the seedy, boozy East End London world of Eddy and his family.

Inspired by Berkoff’s incendiary combination of poetry, physical theatre and knockabout humour, Turnage had no qualms in tearing up the rule book and producing a ground-breaking contemporary classic:  an opera fizzing with high voltage energy and raw emotion.

“blisteringly realised by Music Theatre Wales ... this opera has lost none of its power. All the music’s edges are still razor-sharp, with rap and free jazz cutting into the urban angst and wistful lyricism.” Daily Telegraph

“Marcus Farnsworth is the most convincing Eddy I’ve ever seen; he embodies the anguished, violently truth-seeking youth in a riveting performance.  Gwion Thomas is no less engaging as dad, café manager and policemen.  And Sally Silver as Eddy’s distraught Mum joins her voice with that of Louise Winter’s sensual Wife to form a two-headed Sphinx of virtuoso terror.”  The Times

Winner:  Outstanding Achievement in Opera  TMA Theatre Awards 2011

Sung in English

Running Time:  1hr 50mins including 1 interval

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THEATR BRYCHEINIOG

Director Michael McCarthy will give a pre performance talk at all venues an hour before start time

 

Tour Dates

Tuesday 1 October

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Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Friday 4 October

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Town Hall, Birmingham

Monday 21 October

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Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Tuesday 22 October

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Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Friday 25 October

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Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Saturday 26 October

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Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Tuesday 12 November

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 RNCM, Manchester

Creative Team

Music: Mark-Anthony Turnage     
Based on the play by Steven Berkoff

Cast

Eddy: Marcus Farnsworth
Dad:  Gwion Thomas
Mum: Sally Silver
Wife:  Louise Winter

Conductor: Michael Rafferty
Director:  Michael McCarthy 
Design:  Simon Banham
Lighting Design:  Ace McCarron

Music Theatre Wales, Pascoe House, 54 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AF, UK | Company No. 02815692 | Charity No. 1039757