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    Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

    • 14 Apr -
      25 Apr 2020
      14 Apr - 25 Apr 2020

    A raucous, radical, rallying adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s banned sequel to The Beggar’s Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees – presented by Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre

    Set in a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power-pop girl bands. 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 not-quite-musical. It is a battle cry for the broken hearted, a joyous dissection of love, loss and revenge, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

    After a sold-out scratch run here in 2018, Sharp Teeth Theatre and Marie Hamilton return with a Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission, made at Theaterhaus Berlin and The Wardrobe Theatre. Polly is directed by Stephanie Kempson (Score, Pulling Out), devised by the company, with a score by Ben Osborn (FellSwoop, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears).

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    7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays)

    • “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.”

    • “Terrific… Fierce and utterly irreverent.”

      Ali Robertson, Kneehigh Theatre

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