Alexander McCall Smith, whom I wrote about recently, has started up The No. 1. Opera House project in a small, converted garage just outside Gaborone, Botswana. This tiny garage is a restaurant by day and an opera house by night. A full house is 60 seats.
The first opera will have its premiere there in October of this year and it is called The Okavango Macbeth. Apparently, the opera explores the themes of Macbeth set amongst a colony of baboons.
That must be Lady Macbeth on the left! Photo taken by Max Waugh
Perhaps with their clear social hierarchies, they too have Lady Macbeth issues!
Or maybe it’s just a case of monkey business?
Actually, I love the idea of having classics in new settings…
How about Romeo and Juliet, with their families fighting like … well … cats and dogs?
And what about Othello? Green with jealousy over his beloved Desdemona – set among chameleons?
And, of course, we mustn’t forget this passionate couple…
… Antony and Cleopatra!
You know what? The phone’s ringing off the hook (I’ve often wondered about this expression. I mean, if it’s off the hook, then it can’t ring. But I digress…) and my house is surrounded by movie moguls who want to buy the rights to my idea. They’re stampeding like wild elephants.
I only hope they give me an offer that is ‘herd’ to resist.