Now that Against the Grain are in the process of completing their da Ponte trio with A Little Too Cozy enquiring minds want to know where the genre of site specific updating goes next. And who better to do this than the formidable combined artistic brain power of my loyal readers (even the Bolshie ones). Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to outline (in the Comments) a possible scenario for a site specific updating of a canonical opera. Here’s mine:
Flo, a gender fluid environmental activist, has been detained by the Toronto Police Service (under the provisions of Bill C51) for protest activities related to the Keystone XL pipeline. Can his/her equally gender fluid partner Leo, who has managed to get a job at the prison where s/he is held, find a way to bring the case to public notice, despite the indifference of the mainstream media, before a sinister combination of the Toronto Police Association and the mayor’s office find a permanent way of avoiding such embarrassment? To be staged in the former condemned cell at the Don Jail.
And here’s one for the Brits:
Peter, a laid off filleter from the Bird’s Eye plant in Grimsby, has heard disturbing rumours about child labour since the plant was acquired by Northern Foods. The locals resent his attempts to interfere in what’s left of the local economy. Artefacts related to a missing child worker (supplied to the plant under the Conservative government’s plan to make all state school pupils do compulsory work experience in dying industries) are found when Peter is evicted from his council flat to make room for a new Russian luxury housing development. Peter mysteriously disappears. To be staged on the burnt out pile of rubble that used to be Bird’s Eye Grimsby.