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Gloria – A Pigtale

The opposite of love is a sausage – at least in the blackly satirical world of H.K. Gruber's madcap cabaret opera.

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There are currently no scheduled performances of Gloria – A Pigtale. It was last on stage 16–19 July 2014 as part of the Summer 2013/14 season.


Gloria is a beautiful pig, but she's lonely. Foolishly, she falls in love with a butcher and is just about to go for the chop – when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue.


Mahogany Opera Group – formerly The Opera Group – present H.K. Gruber's delightfully absurd and darkly comic cabaret opera Gloria – A Pigtale, in a new production directed by Frederic Wake-Walker. Amid yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, Gruber constructs a delirious ludicrous world while taking a zany sideswipe at right-wing politics.

With a cast of five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes a variety of musical styles – jazz, blues, Bavarian oompah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets this darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret.

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