Jerry Springer The Opera...
Last night we went to see Jerry Springer The Opera at The National.
Mr Springer himself is of course most famous for bringing us shows like 'I Married A Horse', 'Sex With My Sister' and 'I Refuse to Wear Clothes' - so it was perhaps to be expected that there would be some rather fruity songs and and a wacky storyline in an opera that bore his name.
But this particular opera's creators, Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, have created a show with wit, daring and down right gaul that defines belief. Arias like like "Wrap Me in Chocolate and Throw Me to the Lesbians!", "Three Nipple Cousin Fucker" and "Slut Junky" were delivered with such panache and conviction that you couldn't help but marvel at the sheer audacity. In turn vulgar, blasphemous and hilarious each section of the show seemed to top the last. "Chick with a dick", "Fat Whore" and "I Like to Shit in My Pants" all had their Jerry Springer Moment.
When it is hinted that we will see the appearance of the Klu Klux Klan people looked at each other in disbelief. When they actually appeared, set fire to a cross and start tap-dancing jaws hit the floor. We were in pure The Producers territory. Brilliantly funny.
My favourite bit though had to be a duet between Jesus and the Devil (don't ask) with the devil singing "What the fuck, what the fuck, what the fucking, fucking fuck!" and Jesus countering "Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. Talk. To the stigmata." Masterful.
Go see, go see, go see. If nothing else to watch posh opera people swearing on stage.