12 Jan 2006
Stravinsky in a flak jacket
On April 12, 2014, Arizona Opera opened its series of performances of Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Tucson. Chuck Hudson’s production of this opera combined Commedia dell’arte with Hollywood movie history.
Andrew Steggall went to Iraq to recruit actors for The Soldier's Tale. Six months, eight bodyguards and one torture centre later, he found them ...
The Guardian [The Guardian, 12 January 2006]
May 26 2005
My first day in Baghdad. I'm here to cast Iraqi actors to appear alongside British actors and musicians in a new adaptation of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, to be performed in English and Arabic. Helmet and flak jacket in place, I'm led to a helicopter that will take me to the centre of the city. Throughout the short journey, a soldier darts from one side of the helicopter to the other, alternating between two fixed machine guns, scanning the rooftops below. I try to work out his pattern. Very little makes sense right now.