"Duchy Opera: definitely not rubbish..." (Lee Trewhela)
A RECYCLING centre is not the first place you think of as the setting for an opera, but then the Cornish company Duchy Opera has never shied away from trying unusual ideas.
Cast members paid a visit to the United Downs household waste recycling centre as part of their preparations for their production of Strauss' famous 1874 operetta Die Fledermaus.
Inspired by the original plot where a variety of flamboyant characters disguise and reinvent themselves at a ball, director Helen Tiplady has taken the traditional Viennese setting of the opera and re-set it in a recycling centre, where the cast get to forage among all manner of colourful objects to remodel themselves at a riotous party.
Helen is well-known for her work with Cscape dance and HFC Youth Dance. She said: "I like the trend of up-cycling and reusing retro things, making use of things other people throw away. It seemed a good fit for Die Fledermaus, where the characters all disguise themselves and take on new personalities. In this show they do that via discarded and recycled goods, and have a lot of laughs in the process.
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