London N4 3JP
“The future’s ripe for those who mix
Their artistry with politics”
London 2012. The world is watching. Can the city deliver the greatest Olympics ever? Pulling the strings is media mogul, broadcaster and puppet master, Jeremiah Peachum. Together with his star of the show, Lockitt, the Mayor of London, they are perfectly placed to capitalise on Team GB’s gold and drive their political agenda across the finish line.
Enter satirical street busker Macheath and his gang of dissenters ‘The Ninety Nine Percenters’. They’re the talk of the town – out to take the fat cats down – and it’s working! This time, Mac may have bitten off more than he can chew. But it’s the twenty first century – you can’t kill a man for singing a few songs, drinking a few beers, inciting political activism in hundreds of thousands of people and sleeping with your daughter. Or can you?
With the ever-influential media operating twenty-four-seven, capital punishment needs to find a new method of delivery…
The Buskers Opera is fresh from the pen of one of the hottest writers emerging in UK theatre, Dougal Irvine, whose catalogue of work includes Departure Lounge, The Snow Queen, Teddy,The Other School, In Touch andBritain’s Got Bhangra. Expect a reckless abandon of political correctness and some top class tunes to redefine a golden age.
West End stars George Maguire (Olivier Award winner for Sunny Afternoon) and Lauren Samuels (fresh from Bend It Like Beckham) feature in a cast that also includes Natasha Cottriall, Ishmael Gander, John McCrea, Maimuna Memonas and Giovanna Ryan.
For the post-show Q&A on Wednesday 11 May 2016, I’ll be joined by Dougal Irvine and members of the company to talk about the fascinating process of putting this world premiere musical together. The Q&A is free to all ticket-holders.