Bread and Circuses (Interactive Broadcast)

World Wrestling Entertainment meets opera.

Thu 24 Sep 2020 to Thu 22 Oct 2020

Bread and Circuses (Interactive Broadcast)


Produced by Eleanor Benson

Recording available for 28 days after broadcast

There is also a live performance of this show at The Cockpit Theatre at 20:00-20:45, Sunday 20th September 2020.

This broadcast includes a recording of the live performance, and additional live content.

Music: Liam Wade
Words: Charles Ogilvie

Bread and Circuses: ‘’an opera in two acts and a wrestling show’’.

Imagine a mash-up between World Wrestling Entertainment, verismo opera, and 90s style videogaming.

Set in the world of professional wrestling, the show explores ‘’Kayfabe’’: when we choose to accept the staged rivalries and relationships between wrestlers as real.

The show’s sound world is a fusion of opera, musical theatre, and 90s electronica. With music direction by Mark Johnson, score by Liam Wade, and libretto by Charles Ogilvie.

Surreal, daring and pacey, the energy and smack of Bread & Circuses takes no prisoners.

Additional content for the broadcast:

The company will give a live introduction to the interactive broadcast of their opera, and take questions from the audience in a chat after the performance.

Age range: 13 upwards
Content Warning: Cartoon violence

Live Broadcast: Thursday 24th September - 8:00pm
Duration: 1 hour

£1, plus voluntary donation post event