EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL HIT GREEK COMES TO GLASGOW
Greek, the modern re-telling of the Oedipus myth by Mark-Anthony Turnage, is coming to Glasgow on February 2 and 3, following a critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh International Festival in August.
Based on the play by Steven Berkoff, this co-production with Opera Ventures, directed by Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins is revived by Daisy Evans, and designed by Johannes Schütz.
Conducted by Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford (2 Feb) and Finnegan Downie Dear (3 Feb), Emerging Artist Alex Otterburn (La traviata 2017), winner of an International Opera Award bursary, reprises the role of Eddy and is joined by a wealth of British talent: Susan Bullock, Allison Cook and Henry Waddington.
Turnage’s anarchic, provocative opera exposes the seedy world of Eddy and his family. Stuck in a rut, Eddy longs for more, so when he is told of a prophecy that he will kill his father and bed his mother he is appalled, leaving home to seek a different life. But can he escape the plague that is coming, or is he, in fact, the source?
Joe Hill-Gibbins said: ‘I love Greek. It’s punky and irreverent, but beautiful and lyrical too. And it has an amazing contemporary resonance. Its air of discontent – of a black cloud hanging over society – really chimes with us today.’
Alex Otterburn said: ‘The role of Eddy is a dream come true. He goes through a lot at a young age, and it's very traumatic, so you have a huge range of emotions to work with when playing him. Plus I get to wear a bright red tracksuit and trainers for most of the show! I can't wait to play him again. Performing Greek at the opening weekend of Edinburgh International Festival felt surreal; a couple of months before I was still in college! I feel incredibly fortunate to have made my UK debut singing Eddy.’
Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at an audio-described performance of Greek on February 3, which has live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music, as well as a free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show.