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Stuart Stratford discusses Greek

What we’re trying to do in this production, is to again update it even more to be relevant to our day; the problems of racism, violence, the plagues of our time, they are universal.

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s blazing opera Greek was originally unveiled to the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1988. This August, a brand new staging takes over the Festival Theatre in a co-production between Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera.

With its choked Cockney drawl and its demonic energy, Turnage’s Greek is aggressive, defiant and profane – an operatic blow to the stomach with all the fury of a pub brawl.

 "You can probably expect to be a little bit shocked, it’s very in-your-face, it’s very direct."

Watch the video to hear conductor Stuart Stratford discuss director Joe Hill-Gibbins’ fantastic adaptation, how it reflects current everyday life, and what to expect from the performance.

Greek will be performed at the 2017 International Festival on 5 & 6 August at the Festival Theatre, and you can book your tickets now.

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