Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

A raucous, radical, rallying adaptation of Polly, John Gay's banned sequel to The Beggar's Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees - presented by Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre

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  • Tuesday, 14th April 2020
  • Wednesday, 15th April 2020
  • Thursday, 16th April 2020
  • Friday, 17th April 2020
  • Saturday, 18th April 2020
  • Sunday, 19th April 2020
  • Wednesday, 22nd April 2020
  • Thursday, 23rd April 2020
  • Friday, 24th April 2020
  • Saturday, 25th April 2020
14th Apr 2020 - 25th Apr 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

Set in a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power-pop girl bands. Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny not-quite-musical. It is a battle cry for the broken hearted, a joyous dissection of love, loss and revenge, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

After a sold-out scratch run here in 2018, Sharp Teeth Theatre and Marie Hamilton return with a Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission, made at Theaterhaus Berlin and The Wardrobe Theatre. Polly is directed by Stephanie Kempson (Score, Pulling Out), devised by the company, with a score by Ben Osborn (FellSwoop, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears).

“Horror amid the hilarity: Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson’s musical John Gay adaptation hits all the right notes… Overwhelming fun.”
Exuent

“Gritty, in-your-face, intelligent exploration of feminism, power and control… bang on for political timing and satirical commentary.”
Weston-Super-Mum

“Terrific… Fierce and utterly irreverent.”
Ali Robertson, Kneehigh Theatre

Commissioned by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, supported by Arts Council England
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)
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