My friend Dave once told me about a friend of a friend who ended up with a dead dog in a suitcase on the tube and, somehow, ended up losing it to a thief who would later have a nasty surprise.
This was my favourite story to re-tell…until last night when I realised it was simply an urban myth, thanks to Kneehigh’s fantastic Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).
The titular dead dog in this show is just one small part of a production which flips a classic opera on its head and turns it into a mixtape that covers the entire emotional spectrum.
This show is dark, devious and downright incredible. If you won’t take my word for it, read my review for BroadwayWorld UK.
Here’s a snippet to get you started:
“The Beggar’s Opera was written as a social commentary exposing the lower classes and commoners and their devilish deeds. This narrative has been transformed with modern-day twists: the self-made man and his wife who climb higher than they probably deserve; the police officer whose own flesh and blood is a little less than law-abiding; the ladies of the night who are privy to the secrets of the upper classes; family secrets in every home. It covers politics, death, and the state of the world in which we live, and yet it still manages to make us laugh.”