Rubble: 70 min Chamber Opera by Gareth Williams (libretto by Johnny McKnight)

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Rubble was commissioned by Scottish Opera to mark 50 years of their education and outreach work in Scotland, and as part of their 60th season.

"Inspired by English writer Graham Greene’s short story The Destructors, Rubble is set in both the 1980s and present day Glasgow, and tells a harrowing yet inspiring tale of surviving trauma and the power of vulnerability. This part horror, part black comedy follows a group of young people as stand they amongst the debris of Findenterran Farm, until recently a children’s care home for those abandoned and forgotten in a broken system. As they pick through the shattered fragments of their childhood, they speak of what really went on in that largely ignored property on the outskirts of town. Bold, moving and only too close to real life events, Rubble gives a voice to those who were ignored and overlooked by society while their youth was quietly stolen from them. "

Rubble contains themes of care system neglect and mentions of sexual abuse which some audience members may find distressing and came with a recommended audience age of 14+
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2021


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