David Shrigley’s ‘sort-of-opera’ comes to London

London premiere of strange new theatre from leading British surrealist musician and cartoonist.


Words by: Anthony Walker

‘Pass the Spoon’ is the latest work from multi-disciplinary artist David Shrigley and will make its debut in London this May following a sold-out world premiere in Glasgow last year. Set in the studio kitchen of a TV cookery show, the play-cum-opera-cum-puppet show features a wealth of colourful characters and music from Sean Fennessy set to Shrigley’s libretto and performed by the Red Note Ensemble and conductor Sean Gooch.

This won’t be the artist’s first foray into music as he has directing and cover art design credits under his belt alongside two LP’s of his own. The latest of these was ‘Worried Noodles’ – a double-CD featuring 39 songs from Shrigley’s 2005 songbook of the same name set to music by the likes of David Byrne, Franz Ferdinand and Hot Chip.

‘Pass the Spoon’ will show in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank on the 5th and 6th of May and is accompanied by a David Shrigley retrospective entitled ‘Brain Activity’ in the centre’s Hayward Gallery on now. Full information and tickets are available from the official Southbank centre website.

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