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Tuesday 10 December 2019


The opposite of love is sausage...

Music by HK Gruber
Libretto by Rudolf Herfurtner, English translation by Amanda Holden

A co-production with Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival

Gloria is a lonely pig looking for love. She falls for the butcher and is about to get the chop when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue. Amidst the yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, HK Gruber’s  Gloria - A Pigtale  takes a zany sideswipe at right-wing politics.

Performed by five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes varied musical styles - jazz, blues, Bavarian umpah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets the darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm  and Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.

To gain more insight into the show  watch this interview with journalist Andrew Mellor and director Frederic Wake-Walker.

Gloria - A Pigtale is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Boltini Trust, John S Cohen Foundation,

Fidelio Charitable Trust, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation







The opposite of love is sausage...

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