19 June – Gilligonzo’s Revenge

My Team aka The Raiders

Next week’s reading will be Gilligonzo’s Revenge – an opera libretto by Roberto Trippini.

The facts of what happened in 2002 and 2003 are well known: the official lies about weapons of mass destruction, the death of David Kelly, the disastrous invasion of Iraq.

The full-length opera Gilligonzo’s Revenge is a speculative reconstruction of political decision-making that unfolds as a darker-than-dark tragicomedy.

Multiple time jumps take us from 2002 Whitehall to the 2012 Jubilee celebrations, from David Kelly on Harrowdown Hill to the mayhem of post-invasion Iraq, from the petty personal grudges of Westminster insiders to the political theatre of a parliamentary committee. David Kelly will often be on stage, but will never be heard speaking or singing. What he says will be inferred from other characters’ lines and reactions. In this way he stays very much in the fray but keeps above the level of the sleazy political and media operators ignoring and belittling his advice while concocting the rush to war.

The reading starts at 6:45 for 7:00, above the Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street, nearest tubes Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square.

There’s a £3 charge per session.