A riotous adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s banned sequel to The Beggar’s Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees.
Set in a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power pop girl bands. Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny not-quite-musical. It is a battle cry for the broken-hearted, a joyous dissection of love, loss and revenge, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Polly is the first collaboration between actor and theatre maker Marie Hamilton, and Sharp Teeth’s artistic director Stephanie Kempson (Bristol Old Vic Leverhulme Scholar 19/20). The show was first made at the Theatrehaus, Berlin in Spring 2018, was devised by the company, with a score by Ben Osborn.