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Mark-Anthony Turnage's plays including biography, theatres, agent, synopses, cast sizes, production and published dates
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A modern reworking of the Oedipus myth, the opera is set in the 1980s in the East End of London. the plagues that beset the city are unemployment, racism and police violence. Greek's seedy, boozy protagonist Eddy is stuck in a rut and longs for more. When his Dad tells him that a fortune teller once predicted that he would kill his Father and marry his mother, Eddy decides he's had enough and leaves home to find love in the unlikely form of the wife of a man he kicks to death. Little does he know that ten years later he will discover his true identity, with tragic consequences. . .Swinging from demotic energy to soulful intensity, Turnage's jazz-influenced score vividly conveys the overt theatricality of the larger-than-life characters, throwing this human tragedy into sharp relief. the stylised spoken dialogue, with its exaggerated intonation of cockney defiance, becomes another aspect of the music. It moves from the rhythmic cacophony of the football chant through snatches of jazz and rock to passages of real lyricism.
based on A play by Steven Berkoff
Munich Diennale 1988
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