Details

The story of Friends of the People, unites themes of national struggle, democracy and love against a musical background of David Horne's vigorous and energetic composition. Set in Scotland at the time of the French Revolution, the opera brings to the stage the excitement of the life and struggles of the young Scottish advocate and parliamentary reformer, Thomas Muir of Huntershill, who dared to champion democracy against a fearful and oppressive government. Sustained by love and affectionate friends, dashed by betrayal, condemned by a corrupted Scottish law court, Thomas reflects the hopes and doubts of a free spirit moved by passionate commitment. Confronting brutality with idealistic purpose, his amazing odyssey across the world moves through a battle at sea to a personal climax which causes Thomas, rejected at home and honoured abroad, to seek to resolve the very meaning of his life - a true hero for our time. The operatic score is intensely dramatic and ranges from the sweep of jubilant orchestral passages to the profoundly intimate moments of Muir's self-reflection. Horne's use of the French revolutionary song 'Ca ira' as a motif throughout the opera adds a remarkable poignancy to Muir's struggle against the intransigence of the Scottish Opera. A new opera.

Cast/Performers

Peter Savidge, Fraser McNicol, Stephen Rooke, Alexander Anderson-Hall, Geoffrey Moses, Michael Druiett, Philip Salmon, Clarissa Meek, Ann Archibald, Kathleen Wilkinson, Colin Iveson, Michael Pearce, Stephen Garner, David Llewellyn

Creatives/Company

Music: David Horne
Lyrics: Robert Maclennan
Conductor: Richard Farnes
Director: Christopher Alden
Design: Allen Moyer
Costume: Joanna Parker
Lighting: Heather Carson
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

Friend of the People

Friend of the People (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T01981232992. Details of all Friend of the People archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0972384901

Archive Listings

7 Dec 99
to
11 Dec 99
Theatre Royal
Glasgow
Glasgow
17 Nov 99
to
19 Nov 99
Festival Theatre
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
6 Nov 99
to
11 Dec 99
Theatre Royal
Glasgow
Glasgow

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