Effigies of Wickedness (Songs banned by the Nazis)
A co-production by the Gate Theatre and English National Opera.
Welcome to the cabaret of degenerate music, where you can be whoever you want to be.
In an exciting collaboration, ENO and the Gate Theatre present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs, all of which were banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.
With the Nazis identifying difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices. Censored, exiled, and incarcerated for being ‘degenerates’, their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.
Directed by the Gate Theatre’s Artistic Director Ellen McDougall, Effigies of Wickedness features mezzo-soprano Katie Bray and baritone Peter Brathwaite.
Developed from an idea by Peter Brathwaite.