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POSK: Polish Social and Cultural Association

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A mother and a son, a son and a mother.
Things had to be this way and couldn’t be another.

Mahogany Opera are excited to announce the world premiere (staged concert version) of

The Mother

Music: Laurence Osborn
Text: Theo Merz
Direction: Frederic Wake-Walker

Leon dreams of changing the world with his radical philosophy but the explosive, suffocating, mutually destructive relationship he has with his mother leaves little time for anything or anyone else.

The Mother is an adaptation of the absurdist play Matka by Polish writer Witkacy (Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz). Indebted to Eastern European theatre, it is a bitingly satirical and explosive response to the traditions of opera. Osborn plunges the audience into an anarchic, surrealist world through taut, intense music that draws on Weill, Birtwistle, and Romitelli, alongside mainstream pop influences.

Age Guidance: 14+ due to scenes of drug use

Developed through Various Stages by Mahogany Opera with support from Arts Council England, Tony Mackintosh & Criona Palmer, Britten–Pears Foundation, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Polish Cultural Institute and RVW Trust.

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