Where for art thou Digbeth?

Birmingham Opera Company premiered their new performance, Life is a Dream, yesterday at Digbeth’s Argyle Works. This isn’t the first time the former chemical works on Great Barr Street has been used for Opera, and it certainly isn’t the last… (more on that soon!)

Life is a Dream is an informal ‘walkabout’ production for which warm clothes and comfy shoes are recommended; the opera takes place around the audience, so you feel part of the show. With this innovative approach, along with staging in a disused warehouse, Birmingham Opera Company are, in my opinion, making the medium of opera far more accessible. Not only that, this gives people yet another reason to visit Digbeth and see that it isn’t a barren wasteland, but a cultural destination in Birmingham.

If you missed last night’s performance, don’t fret! There are a few more opportunities to catch the show:

Performance Dates: 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31 March at 19:30
Venue: Argyle Works, Great Barr Street, Birmingham, B9 4EX
Price: £17.50 (£10 concessions)

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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  1. 30 April, 2012

    […] existing opera audience”. This is certainly true of other performances held in Digbeth: the BOC used the Argyle Works for their specially-commissioned Life is a Dream during March. Using a disused warehouse with no stage or seating means that the show and its actors […]