Bremner’s shot in the arm for Orpheus

The country's largest performing arts organisation is at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee this Saturday with Orpheus in the Underworld.
The country's largest performing arts organisation is at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee this Saturday with Orpheus in the Underworld.

SCOTTISH Opera brings a brand-new interpretation of Orpheus in the Underworld to the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee this Saturday.

Before the paint was even dry in Dundee’s newly-refurbished Gardyne Theatre, the venue attracted the country’s largest performing arts organisation when the national opera company announced they would perform in the venue on Saturday, October 8.

Offenbach’s comedic dialogue and irreverent humour is given a contemporary shot-in-the arm in a specially-commissioned translation by comedian and satirist Rory Bremner, with director Oliver Mears (artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera) drawing gleeful parallels with today’s media-savvy, celebrity-obsessed world.

The composer’s catchy tunes and wicked sense of humour take the characters from one ridiculous scenario to another, all culminating in his riotous ‘Cancan’.

As part of the new Dundee College Gardyne Campus, which has undergone a £48 million refurbishment, the theatre was closed for the past two years and re-opened in August.

The 404-seat lyric theatre is rapidly becoming a premier venue in the east of Scotland and already has a list of bookings from both professional and amateur companies scheduled until December this year.

“When we acquired the Gardyne site the theatre was already well established and we made a pledge that, whatever construction work took place, we would maintain the theatre,” said Dundee College Depute Principal Grant Ritchie.

“Our curriculum includes a strong element of performing arts courses and the Gardyne Theatre is not only a valuable cultural resource but also a valuable resource for our students. We have a huge commitment to the performing arts and have already invested £4m on facilities for creative industries on the Gardyne Campus.”

Tickets for Orpheus, priced £16 and £5 conc (anyone under age 26), are available at www.dundeebox.co.uk or by phoning (01382) 434940.