DIT drama students present the Threepenny Opera

23 February 2012:  Students of drama in DIT are in final rehearsal for their production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA in the atmospheric surroundings of Smock Alley Theatre.  It will run for four nights, from Wednesday 7th March (preview) to Saturday 10th March, with a matinee on Saturday, and the cast of twenty-three young actors will be supported by a ten-piece orchestra, all students of the Conservatory of Music and Drama.


THE THREEPENNY OPERA presents a blackly comic world of gangsters, prostitutes and beggars in London in 1837. Within this alluring but money-grubbing demi-monde, the womanising and murderous gang leader Macheath has married the beautiful Polly, daughter of J.J. Peachum, a profiteering manager of a begging racket. This sets in motion a battle for control of the city’s underworld. The power struggle that ensues threatens to undermine the imminent coronation of Queen Victoria if Tiger Brown, the crooked police chief, cannot contain it. Will the beggars overrun the city? Will the prostitutes destroy Peachum’s plan? Will Macheath’s gang save him from hanging?

Written in 1928, during the economic and political turbulence of Weimar Germany, THE THREEPENNY OPERA takes aim at a society that promotes naked greed, callous opportunism and the ruthless exploitation of fellow human beings. Weill's music, including the hit song “Mack The Knife”, employs bittersweet orchestration under seductively simple melodies, sharply punctuating Brecht’s acerbic satire on corruption and capitalism.

The DIT Conservatory is uniquely positioned to produce this piece of music theatre, as it is one of the only educational institutions in Ireland to deliver full-time practical music AND drama training at degree level. Our production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA is directed by Peter McDermott, Lecturer in Drama, and the orchestra will be conducted by John Meehan, Lecturer in Music.

According to McDermott, “Smock Alley Theatre is a one-of-a-kind space, with its towering brick walls, timber scaffolding and industrial ramps providing a rough, historical atmosphere perfectly suited to Weill and Brecht’s evocation of 19th-century London.  The actors, the musicians, the full period costumes by Marie Tierney and evocative lighting by Moyra D’Arcy, all contribute to what promises to be a dynamic production, and perhaps a timely social commentary.”

The B.A. in Drama (Performance) Honours Degree programme is a three-year full-time level 8 degree. Students engage in acting, singing, movement, and dance as well as drama facilitation and academic theatre studies. Recent graduate productions include THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, THE CRUCIBLE and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

B.A. in Drama (Performance) Graduate Production
Music by Kurt Weill, Book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein

Dates: 7th (Preview), 8th, 9th, 10th March at 7.30 pm (also Sat matinee, 10th March at 2pm)
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar
Tickets: €15 / €10 concession and preview
Booking: www.tickets.ie


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