company. liveartshow /// the arcola
writer . alan harris composer . Harry Blake design . Will Holt music director . Nicholas Ansdell Evans lx design . Peter Harrison
sound design . Candice Weaver photography . Joe Twigg
Martin Constantine’s masterful direction is consistently interesting and he should be commended for bringing the world of David Lynch to opera. Through slight exaggerations in tone, he renders the banal uncanny, making a broader statement: the difference between normality and the grotesque rests on a knife’s edge.
This is an opera in the most loosely post-modern sense possible; an opera a la Jerry Springer. It is macabre, frequently hard to follow and I am confident it will feature in my nightmares at some stage. Another win for the Grimeborn Festival!
THEATRE FULL STOP ****