Arts > Orpheus

08 May 2014 | by Robert Thicknesse



Battersea Arts CentreIgnore the header: Little Bulb Theatre’s production is no opera – it’s way too much fun for that. Neither is it a play or a musical or a review, but perhaps it is distantly related to the ballad-opera of eighteenth-century London (e.g. John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera), which used popular tunes with new words to tell their tales. This is the chanson version of that, maybe, telling the original faith-and-hope story wherein Orpheus’ playing bewitches Pluto and “made Hell grant what Love did seek”. The Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre becomes 1930s Pigalle, with Guimard curlicues on the proscenium, cabaret tables and absinthe cocktails à go go. Our hostess, Yvette Pépin (Eugénie Pastor) is a laser-voice


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