Scottish Opera’s new production of Mark Anthony Turnage and Steven Berkoff’s reworking of the Oedipus story. Set in Thatcherite England it becomes a bitter critique placing the plague of Thebes in North London. Under Joe Hill-Gibbin’s direction the singer operated live camera located in the orchestra pit interacts with the action and stars live maggots, teddy bears and blow by blow food fights that interact with the stage action both in real time and metaphorically. Not for the squeamish traditionalists.

The opera supertitles also become an integrated part of the video design running through the live camera system and keyed into the projected image.

  • Director
  • Joe Hill-Gibbins
  • Production Designer
  • Johannes Schutz
  • Costume
  • Alex Lowde
  • Lighting Designer
  • Matthew Richardson
  • Location
  • Edinburgh Festival, Festival Theatre, 2017
    • Location
    • Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 2018
...tabloid headlines shouting about Brexit, May, Johnson, and some fun live-video effects (very live in the case of squirming maggots).
Kate Molleson - The Guardian
  • cafe food
  • kid
  • kid teddy
  • plague
  • plague maggots
  • sphinx