Back to the Asylum: Kneehigh’s new haven of anarchy
The Asylum is Kneehigh’s purpose built theatre tent, which has been described as “a place pre-disposed to magic”. It has been privvy to many shows of amazing talent and has now picked up its guy ropes to settle in a new surrounding: The Lost Gardens of Heligan. It is all ready to rock to the sound of Kneehigh's new show, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a radical new Beggar’s Opera.
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Notoriously good theatre, Gorgeous gardens
Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall
Teaming up with the enchanting Lost Gardens of Heligan means Asylumites can wander the gardens (for free) pre show, or spend longer exploring with a combined garden and show ticket.
The Heligan kitchens will be offering a delicious seasonal menu created especially for the event, using local produce, much of which is sourced from the gardens themselves. In the Asylum tent you’ll find live music and the infamous Asylum bar – hello one good night out.
For the fourth Asylum season in Cornwall the crew will present a rather radical version of the Beggar’s Opera written by Carl Grose and directed by Kneehigh founder Mike Shepherd. Called Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) the show also features music composed by Charles Hazlewood.
The original Beggar’s Opera was written in 1728 by John Gay and was adapted by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in 1928 as The Threepenny Opera. Like its predecessors, Kneehigh’s new version will be a musical satire that holds a mirror to contemporary society- confronting big business, corrupt institutions, and urban myths. Writer Carl Grose said:
“The story of the dead dog in the suitcase is a “genuine” story. Google it. It’s urban myth. It’s modern folklore. And that feels like what our Beggar’s Opera is, too. If John Gay’s was highwaymen, prostitutes and street thieves, ours is about the mythic underbelly of NOW – corporate conspiracy, hit men, warped Robin Hood-types, the end of civilisation, dead dogs in suitcases – all combined to create a portrait of a world hanging by a thread, in turns shocking, hilarious, heartfelt and absurd”
Delve into another world of complete creativity once more with Kneehigh. Book it up here.