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David Shrigley comes over all operatic for ‘Pass the Spoon’

Posted at 10:15 am, May 6, 2012 in Music & Nightlife
Pass the Spoon

Hold on tight everyone – David Shrigley has written an opera. Yes, the artist whose wacky works currently on display at the Hayward Gallery include a decapitated ostrich, a huge teacup overflowing with what we can only hope is Earl Grey, and that infamous Jack Russell bearing an ‘I’m Dead’ placard, has decided to move into the realms of Puccini. Nobody could possibly have predicted this career move, but fans of Shrigley’s darkly funny art needn’t worry– he’s not about to go all Pavarotti on us. Instead, his self-entitled ‘sort-of’ opera ‘Pass the Spoon’ is a wonderfully irreverent show that launches you headfirst into his clever and crazy world. Charming, smart and totally random, it will be streamed live (and free) through The Space to audiences across the globe from the Southbank Centre on Sunday May 6. Expect fruit and vegetables galore (not forgetting an alcoholic egg), a bit of cooking and ridiculous antics from the show’s hosts June Spoon and Philip Fork– all performed magnificently by Edinburgh-based theatre company Magnetic North, alongside live music played by the Red Note Ensemble. A reserved, high-brow affair this most definitely is not – but we think it’s the silliest fun you’ll ever have at the opera. Lisa Paul

For info, see thespace.org.

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