Based on The Beggar's Opera, John Gay's classic musical satire is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness.
Cornwall based theatre company Kneehigh bring their latest production to HOME - you may have seen them before at The Lowry - and they are a company well worth checking out if you're new to them.
What's it all about? Well, it's hard to say from what the company themselves and HOME offer, assuming a knowledge of 'The Beggars Opera' upon which this is based, but a bit of online research reveals a story of a thiefcatcher whose daughter marries a famous highwayman and a dissection of the morals of contemporary society. Albeit from 1728.
In its time, this was satire of the highest order, a form known as ballad opera proving hugely popular for its time, and Kneehigh incorporate modern music into their re-telling of the tale, from hip hop to folk via ska, so expect your senses to be bombarded with sights and sounds mixing an old, oft told tale with modern society.
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