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The Heartbreak Opera

This Week we chat about the new adaptation of John Gay’s forgotten gender-bending, anti-colonialist and proto-feminist ballad opera, Polly (The Heartbreak Opera). Touring this April across the UK, Bringing a gritty, vibrant energy to the scandalous sequel of The Beggar’s Opera, this new show features 18 original songs inspired by the likes of Britney Spears and Peaches. Think ‘Gimme More’. Think ‘F*** the Pain Away’. But make it Opera. Originally written in 1729 and banned for its daring content.  PLUS, Queer East is back for a fifth year, we talk to Director Yi Wang.

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