The concept of opera as a form of political or social expression is not new, but is certainly much less commonly encuontered in our modern age. There’s so much potential in this vein - as was impressively taken advantage of by the producers of Jerry Springer: The Opera (as irreverent as the subject matter initially seemed to be). Conversely, Babur in London appears, on the surface at least, to be made of sterner stuff. It presents us with the tale of four potential suicide bombers in contemporary London who are haunted by the vapid ghosts of their own insecurity and lack of identity, as well as the more turgid phantom of a long-dead Mughal emperor.
As a form of distraction of an evening, it was curious enough to be interesting. However, I eventually left feeling as confused and dissatisfied as the protagonists of the production itself. Perhaps this was the aim..? I only wish I knew.
Rain (DI Reviewer), 25/06/12
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