Mark Anthony Turnage - Greek

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Music Theatre Wales

Wednesday 26th October 2011, 18:30

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Hot on the heels of the sensational Royal Opera House premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole, Music Theatre Wales presents his first opera Greek - 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. The opera opened at the Munich Biennale in June 1988 to great acclaim. Within 18 months it had transferred to Edinburgh, been made into an award-winning TV film and was staged by English National Opera. Further performances across the world followed plus a recording released by Decca. Quite a feat.