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.”
Read my full review for Dead Dog in a Suitcase
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