Mahogany Opera Group premiers a new work by Laurence Osborne about family relationships
An anarchic, surrealist world drawn from Eastern European theatre is the setting for a new opera influenced by Weill, Birtwistle, and Romitelli, alongside mainstream pop.
The Mother is an adaptation of the absurdist play Matka by Polish writer Witkacy (adapatation and text by Theo Merz). It draws on Osborne’s own intense and claustrophobic experience of living with his single mother – a period he outgrew but which the protagonist of the opera does not. It also reflects the universality of the experience of close family relationships which can be both life-affirming and difficult. Leon dreams of changing the world with his radical philosophy but the explosive, suffocating, mutually destructive relationship he has with his mother leaves little time for anything or anyone else.
The Mother was first seen as part of a Mahogany Opera Group showcase of work-in-progress in 2015 and since then has been developed through the Various Stages programme resulting in a satirical and explosive response to the traditions of opera.
The Mahogany Opera Group production of The Mother by Laurence Osborne and Theo Merz will be premiered on April 25 at POSK, LONDON.