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Wednesday 23 January 2019

BABUR IN LONDON

Life is short; work is long.
Work is building an empire and a dynasty,
A place your people can call their own,
Making something that will live after you.

Music Edward Rushton • Libretto Jeet Thayil

Life is short; work is long.
Work is building an empire and a dynasty,
A place your people can call their own,
Making something that will live after you.

In a London suburb, four young men and women are preparing a terrorist act. As their mission draws closer they are disturbed by the ghost of Babur, first Mughal Emperor -poet and warrior. Challenging their convictions, he calls them 'children playing in battle, in love with death', but what are his motives for interfering?

Babur in London tells a haunting story of four young people in today's society grappling with their beliefs, the consequences of their actions, and their feelings for each other. The piece combines the contemporary poetry of Jeet Thayil with original music by Edward Rushton. The production was directed by John Fulljames.

Suggested age suitability 14 +

The production opened in Zurich in March 2012 and toured throughout Switzerland, the UK in 2012.

Tour:
Theater Rigiblick, Zurich
Gare du Nord, Basel
Lokremise, St.Gallen
The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Opera North, Howard Assembly Rooms
CBSO Centre, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oxford Playhouse
Lillian Baylis Studio, London
Hull Truck Theatre
Cheltenham Festival

The Opera Group Production, Co-Produced with Anvil Arts, Basingstoke and Opera North.

Photographer: Brigitte Fässler

 
 
 
 
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