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I saw GREEK at BAM


On the streets of north London, Eddy, a modern-day Oedipus, dreams of a better life. After hearing a fortune teller’s disturbing prediction, he resolves at all costs to avoid shagging his own mum. But sure enough he finds himself in the prophetically maternal arms of an East End café manager and the very incestuous bed he sought to avoid.


In this in-your-face operatic retelling of the Oedipus tale, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage (Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) transports Sophocles to an apocalyptic 1980s London, plagued by police violence, racism, and socioeconomic decay. Cleverly combining cockney-accented profanity and irreverent drama with Turnage’s audacious score and an outstanding four-person cast, Greek is an incisive, brash contemporary statement on fate and family.


My thoughts on the performance soon at onlytheater.gr