A raucous, radical, rallying adaptation of Polly, John Gay's banned sequel to The Beggar's Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees.

Join a gang of women to dance, drum, sing and slash their way through this 18th Century rom-com. Using bouffon, drag, and Berlin techno, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power pop girl bands. This a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny not-quite-musical, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

Directed by Stephanie Kempson (Score, Pulling Out), devised by the company, with a score by Ben Osborn (FellSwoop, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears) we give you a battle cry for the broken-hearted, a riotous dissection of love, loss and revenge.

"Horror amid the hilarity: Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson’s musical John Gay adaptation hits all the right notes... Overwhelming fun" - Exuent

“Terrific… Fierce and utterly irreverent.” -Ali Robertson, Kneehigh

Ages 16+

Contains adult themes (please contact us for more information).


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About the Company:

Marie Hamilton trained at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier and ArtsEd, and is a theatre maker based between Bristol and London. She has toured internationally and performed as part of other companies at the Almeida, the Soho Theatre, the Pleasance and Leeds Playhouse, this is her first production as lead artist.

Sharp Teeth Theatre tell stories with bite. They are based in Bristol and are associate artists with the Wardrobe Theatre. In 2016 they were supported by Bristol Old Vic’s Bristol Ferment and Camden People’s Theatre to develop The Fox and the Child. In 2018 they made Parlour Games in co-production with the Wardrobe Theatre which toured the South West and beyond. They previously also curated a popular monthly night of theatre, spoken word, music and storytelling at The Wardrobe Theatre 2014-2019.