25 June – Darkness, Darkness All Conquering by Roberto Trippini

25 June – Darkness, Darkness All Conquering by Roberto Trippini

Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch: a love for the ages?

In a change of pace for ScriptTank, this evening’s reading is the libretto from Darkness, Darkness All Conquering – a new opera by Roberto Trippini.

The opera libretto Darkness, Darkness All Conquering (not yet set to music) is a wide-ranging operatic rendering of an insane rush into a war – a tragic spiral fed by hubris, ambition, callous stupidity, and the collusion between Tony Blair and the Murdoch press.

The opera take us from 2002 Whitehall to the mayhem of post-invasion Iraq, from the petty score-settling of Westminster insiders to the rumoured secret affair between Tony Blair and Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s young wife.

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

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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.