Cast : Shaun Prendergast, Nicholas Khan, Eloise Irving, Claire Davies, Ben Thapa, John Evanson, Joe Bolger
Directed and devised by Eliot Giuralarocca
Musical Director Christopher Monks
Designer - Victoria Spearing
Script - Stewart Collins
Lighting Design - Graham McLusky
Costume Design - Gillian Malster
CSM - Sarah Yelland
SM - Claire Childs
Following the huge success stories for Armonico Consort with Too Hot to Handel and Monteverdi's Flying Circus, Baroque around the Block continued to explore new and imaginative ways in which to bring the music of the baroque period to life for a 21st Century audience.
It told the tale of some of the lesser known facts that lay behind some of the greatest moments of Baroque opera and oratorio, and made a few up along the way! Or to put it another way, it was a pack of lies with a little bit of truth squeezed in. Featuring some of the finest music of Purcell, Bach, Handel, Gesualdo and Vivaldi the show was half Opera and half vaudeville, with a dose of Panto, slapstick and some cracking jokes thrown in for good measure. A thetrical and musical feast for the senses!
Director's Programme note
How to make a Baroque Opera
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 counter tenor
1 normal tenor
1 cup brown sugar
1 barritone or bass or anyone with a deep voice
2 well seasoned actors
1 dash of garlic
1 gallon whisky
1 musical director (to carry the bowl or the can if neccessary)
Sample the whisky to check for quality.
Take a large bowl.
Check the whisky again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
Pour in one level cup and drink.
Repeat. A fair few times.
Turn on the electric mixer;
Beat 1 soprano in butter in a large, fluffy bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon sugar and the second soprano and beat again.
Make sure the whisky is still OK.
Cry another cup.
Turn off mixer.
Break 2 legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the two actors.
Mix on the turner.
Add lots of colour.
If the actors gets stuck in the beaterers, pry them loose with a
Listen to some Bach.
Listen to some Vivaldi to try and cheer yourself up
Sample the whisky again. Just to be sure.
Sift 2 cups of salt. Or something. Who cares?
At this stage add in the bass, barritone and countertenor in whatever order. It doesn't really matter.
Check the whisky.
Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add one table. Spoon. Or sugar or something. Whatever you can find.
If you can find a writer throw him into the mix as well. For God's sake.
Grease the oven.
Up the tempo.
Whose idea was this?
Order a Taxi
Turn the rehearsal room to 350 degrees.
Sift everything through a large cartoon sieve
Leave to set for 3 weeks and hope for the breast
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Pick the bowl up by the Handel
Throw the bowl out of the window.
Go Bach and check the whisky again.
Go to bed.
Deny all knowledge.
Baroque Around the Block is quite simply wonderfully entertaining! It tells the tale of some of the lesser known facts that lay behind some of the greatest moments of Baroque opera and oratorio, and makes a few up along the way...This is Opera’s answer to Horrible Histories!
Eliot Giuralarocca's production delivered a full house and a brilliant show, full of knock about fun and bringing together a superb team.
What's On Stage
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