Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

"A riot... Would I go and see this again? Like a shot." Star 4 The Times

"fiendishly clever...a constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises" Star 5 The Stage

"Madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks...Bright, bold and timeless" Star 4 The Guardian

“A stunning explosion of theatrical pyrotechnics “ Star 5 The Morning Star

 

Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Dead Dog in a Suitcase

(and other love songs)

A New Beggar’s Opera

Written by Carl Grose

Music by Charles Hazlewood

Directed by Mike Shepherd

The ever inventive Kneehigh return with their blazing new show.  Fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be one hell of a night!

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren't happy. Not one bit.

Based on the Beggar's Opera, John Gay's classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. An extraordinary Kneehigh cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our times...by turns SHOCKING, HILARIOUS, HEARTFELT and ABSURD!

The gorgeous and powerful live score combines trip hop and folk, Renaissance polyphony and psychedelia, and ska, grime and dubstep. … echoing Gay’s original by plundering the sounds of our times.

What the HELL is the world coming to?

 

This is now, this is it

The world is poor and man's a shit

The game is rigged, nothing's truer

Death's a joke and life a sewer!

Cornish premiere at the Kneehigh Asylum in September 2014

Suitable for 14+: This show contains loud bangs, smoke, strong language and dodgy delights amidst corporate conspiracy, hit men, and songs culled from the edge of existence. And yes, we will be putting a dead dog in a suitcase… don't say we didn't warn you!

Looking forward to it? 

Kneehigh Theatre

Kneehigh are a UK based theatre company with a local, national and international profile. For over 30 years we have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre and perform with the joyful anarchy that audiences have come to expect from this ground-breaking company.

Kneehigh tell stories. Based in Cornwall in breath-taking barns on the south coast we create theatre of humanity on an epic and tiny scale. We work with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, artists, technicians, administrators, makers and musicians and are passionate about our multi-disciplined creative process.

In 2010 Kneehigh launched The Asylum, a beautiful and flexible nomadic structure, which means we now have a venue to call home as well as being one of the leading touring theatre companies in the UK. We have now presented three seasons in The Asylum in Cornwall, and will continue to reinvent the space and explore new locations in future years. The Asylum will return to Cornwall in 2014

Alongside our national and international touring and Asylum seasons, we run the Kneehigh Rambles Programme - aiming to engage creatively with communities in Cornwall and beyond through event and adventur

Book Tickets

Sat 30 August 2014 - Sun 28 September 2014 Kneehigh Asylum at The Lost Gardens of Heligan Book Now
Wed 08 October 2014 - Sat 25 October 2014 Bristol Old Vic Book Now

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Reviews

the Public Reviews

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"There is unlikely to be a more intriguing title for a show this year than Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a new co-production between the Everyman and Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh. The inaugural Everyman season has already tackled the traditional and local stories in Twelfth Night and Hope Place, but here branches out into a bold and exciting new direction."

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This latest manifestation of The Beggar's Opera, Jon Gay's satirical ballad opus, could not be finer *****

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The Stage Review

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"Fiendishly clever...extraordinary...a constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises" *****

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The Morning Star Review

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"IT’S hard to find an adequate superlative to describe this stunning explosion of theatrical pyrotechnics currently playing at Liverpool’s beautifully revamped Everyman Theatre." *****

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Credits

Written by   Carl Grose
Music by   Charles Hazlewood
Directed by   Mike Shepherd
Designer   Michael Vale
Lighting Designer   Malcolm Rippeth
Choreographer   Etta Murfitt
Music Director   Charles Hazlewood
Company   Giles King, Andrew Durand, Martin Hydner, Rina Fatania, Ian Ross, Justin Radford, James Gow, Dominic Marsh, Carly Bawden, Audrey Brisson, Patrycja Kujawska, and Sarah Wright

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