BEFORE the paint was even dry in Dundee’s newly-refurbished Gardyne Theatre, the venue attracted the country’s largest performing arts organisation in the shape of Scottish Opera.
Bringing a brand-new interpretation of Orpheus in the Underworld, the national opera company will perform at the Gardyne Theatre 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 just seen a £48 million refurbishment, the theatre has been closed for the past two years. On reopening in August however, the 404-seat lyric theatre is set to become 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. The college’s commitment to the theatre is supported by star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming OBE, who was delighted to lend his support and take the role of patron of the theatre.”
Tickets for Orpheus, price £16 and £5 conc (anyone under age 26), are available at www.dundeebox.co.uk or (01382) 434940.