A fun and new approach to opera

Janet Forbes
Janet Forbes

An fun and accessible cabaret opera takes place this weekend as part of Eastbourne Festival.

Linda Grace, creator and co-performer of Baroq - A Cabaret Opera, wanted a performance format that would help both younger and older people to enjoy some well-loved Baroque music without the perceived formality and stuffiness that sometimes stigmatise classical music.

Linda said: “Normally an opera lasts for three hours or so, with a fat lady or two and a death at the end.

“If it’s a comic opera we probably won’t understand the jokes, unless of course it’s Gilbert and Sullivan, but those jokes are getting a bit tired after more than a century.

“This is an exciting new venture, working some well-loved Baroque vocal music into a comedy script which will appeal to young and old alike. “

“It’s like an operatic French and Saunders.

“Without giving away too much of the plot, this is the story of a singer looking for love. “Her soprano friend isn’t much help and just might be casting spells behind her back, the piano player doesn’t really care.

“There is a cat fight or two and a sing-off, but it all turns out right in the end, and there is lots of fun along the way.

“The cabaret format means there will be a little bit of interaction with the audience, but nothing too scary.”

Baroq - A Cabaret Opera stars Linda Grace, Janet Forbes and Duncan Reid. and takes place at 2.45 pm on Sunday (July 5) at the Under Ground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne.

Running time is around 1hour and 45 minuteds, including an interval.

Tickets cost £10 from theatre box office or Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, Cornfield Rd, BN21 4QA

Or £8 (children £4) if ordered online at baroq.yapsody.com. before noon on July 4.

For more information visit: http://undergroundtheatre.co.uk/events/baroq/