Wadham to stage ‘The Threepenny Opera’

17th November 2016

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Calling all Wadhamites! In association with Wadham College Drama Society and The Oxford German Play, Wadham College is staging Brecht’s 'The Threepenny Opera' next February/March.

Following the success of previous College performances including the Fauré Requiem and the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Producer Theo Chevallier and Wadham’s Director of Chapel Music, Dr Katharine Pardee, are keen that all Wadham College members should apply.

“Any Wadhamite who wants to take part in the production is guaranteed a role. No matter how much or how little experience you’ve had, we’d love to have you on board. If you want to get involved in acting, singing, or a musical role, then we’re holding informal workshop auditions 17-19 November with call backs for lead roles in 8th week. Please email threepennyoperawadham@gmail.com to arrange an audition, or simply get in touch,” said Producer Theo Chevallier (Medicine, 2012).

Leo Munby (Chinese, 2013) (Anything Goes and The Last Five Years) will be musical directing this rambunctious play with music, with Poppy Clifford (German 2013) and Louise Maja co-directing (Oxford German Play 2015/2016 and Edward II).

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill is one of Brecht’s best-loved plays. It is a satire on the bourgeois society of the Weimar Republic, set in a mock-Victorian Soho.

“Whilst using Brecht’s critical eye and sharp tongue to show the absurdity of the world that we find ourselves in (today as much as in 1928), we want to have a good time with Kurt Weill’s fantastic fun and fizzy score. The production itself will be an ambulatory, immersive production, which will take place in and around Wadham College itself,” added Theo.

Performances will take place on 2 March - 4 March 2017.

  • Photo by © Foto H.-P.Haack (Antiquariat Dr. Haack Leipzig (H.-P.Haack)) via Wikimedia Commons

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