Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s sassy 1930s satire is a remarkable fusion of opera, dance and theatre. Director Kally Lloyd-Jones won a coveted Herald Angel award in 2011 for her sharp and vibrant take on their critique of Capitalism. Setting the action in a 1930s film studio, her production embodies both the glamour, and the desperation, of the time.
Anna l and Anna ll, two facets of one personality, set out to make money to build their impoverished family a home. They are thrust into the seedier side of Depression-era America and, as they travel from town to town, are faced with each of the seven deadly sins in turn. Though one pushes the other to sacrifice her integrity for financial gain, they appear to survive unscathed. But is failing to engage in life to avoid temptation a virtue, or is it the worst sin of all?
Weill’s synthesis of jazz, barbershop and classical styles deftly steers the mood of the story. With a barbershop quartet, a man in the role of Mother and a full orchestration that mixes brass and banjo, there’s more than a hint of Berlin cabaret in this sharp, sexy show. Soprano Nadine Livingston and dancer Kirsty Pollock reprise their roles as Anna I and Anna II. Jessica Cottis, recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducts.
Each performance is preceded by rarely seen documentary film footage from the time – doors open 40 mins before each show.
The Seven Deadly Sins was part of our 2013 Fringe seasonSung in English 40 mins approximately