When the government banned John Gaye’s ballad opera Polly in 1729, they surely never expected it to resurface in the West Midlands almost three hundred years later!
Full of biting criticism of the big-wigs of the age, the production was to have followed hard on the heels of Gaye’s dazzling success The Beggars’ Opera, but it was not actually performed until half a century later. Set in the Indies, we find the former highwayman Macheath surrounded by pirates and wenches, whilst the well-to-do, in alliance with the Islanders, prepare to do battle with them. Our heroine, Polly, works her way through all these sections of society in search of the love of her life, who was sentenced to transportation.
The twenty four singers from Stream of Sound, having gleefully taken to the subject matter, are thoroughly enjoying the challenge of bringing the eighteenth century production back to life. Packed with songs that John Gaye borrowed from the street corner, local pub or other people’s operas, the music gives them opportunity to share their harmony singing as well as their skills as soloists.
The Stourbridge-based choir will be taking their production to several venues before the final performance of it at the Sidmouth Folk week in August. Their previous stage show, The Beggars’ Opera, was sold out at every venue, and received excellent reviews, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the sequel – Polly.
To be performed here in Stourbridge at Elmfield School, on Saturday 25th April 2015, starting at 7:30pm
All welcome. Donations on the door.