The Crocodile

Role: Semyon

Thursday 15th August & Friday 16th August, 2013 20:50-22:05

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Age of Anxiety

Music: Llywelyn ap Myrddin

Director: Alex Sutton Conductor: John Murton

The Crocodile tells the story of the showing of the great beast at a great high society party in St Petersburg University at the turn of the twentieth century. Surrounded by his acolytes, Dr Philip Philipovich and his chums Semyon and Ivan are hard at work finalising the last details of a press conference when disaster strikes and Ivan is eaten whole by said Croc. What are Philip and Semyon to do? How will they explain what has happened, and how will they get it past Ivan’s diva wife Elana?  It is a sharp and witty study of what happens when the logic of progress and culture starts to crumble around us and we refuse to accept our fundamental desires.

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Recommended reading: Fydor Dostoyevsky, The Crocodile