Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)
A riotous, radical adaptation of Polly, John Gay's banned sequel to The Beggar's Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees.
Suitable for Age 16 +
In a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island we meet jilted brides, drag king politicians, a pregnant murderess, and a pirate boyband called Blazin' Squid. Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny musical. It is a wild, joyous battle cry, an unashamed expression of female rage, of love, loss, and revenge. With songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.
Polly is a collaboration between Marie Hamilton (Madonna On The Rocks) and Sharp Teeth Theatre, made at Theatrehaus, Berlin. Directed by Stephanie Kempson, Fringe First award winning director of The Good The Bad and The Coyote Ugly and Breathless (NY Times Critics Pick) and devised by the company. With a score by Cameron Macintosh award winner Ben Osborn, Madeline Shann and Ellie Showering (Breach Theatre).
Warnings: adult themes and strong language
The Greenwich Visitor
“A triumphant melding of satire, stagecraft, and more than a hint of the sinister... laugh- a-minute stuff of the highest order... Theatre needs ingenuity like this.”
"Horror amid the hilarity: Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson’s musical John Gay adaptation hits all the right notes... Overwhelming fun"
"Gritty, in-your-face, intelligent exploration of feminism, power and control... bang on for political timing and satirical commentary"
Theatre, Musical, Comedy
Group of 4 - 5% discount
Group of 10 - 10% discount
DATES AND TIMES
Sun 26 May @ 7:30pm
Mon 27 May @ 7:30pm
RUNNING TIME: 110min (1hr 50min No interval)
The Rotunda Theatre
Directed by Stephanie Kempson
Written by Marie Hamilton, Madeline Shann, Stephanie Kempson, Katy Sobey, Eleanor Nawal and Norma Butikofer
Composer/Sound Designer by Ben Osborn
Designer - Sam Wilde
Choreographer - Linzy Nakorn
Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre