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Gloria is a beautiful pig, but she's lonely. Foolishly, she falls in love with a butcher and is just about to go for the chop – when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue.
Mahogany Opera Group – formerly The Opera Group – present H.K. Gruber's delightfully absurd and darkly comic cabaret opera Gloria – A Pigtale, in a new production directed by Frederic Wake-Walker. Amid yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, Gruber constructs a delirious ludicrous world while taking a zany sideswipe at right-wing politics.
With a cast of five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes a variety of musical styles – jazz, blues, Bavarian oompah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets this darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret.