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Temptations of Tam

Community Production


A new community opera inspired by Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, a co-production from Scottish Opera and the Citizens Community Company.

Following the success of last year’s On the Rim of the World, Scottish Opera and The Citizens Theatre join forces again on a community opera inspired by the music and themes of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. A community cast of 20 will create and perform their own take on the opera which tracks the exploits of Tam Rakewell, whose quest for fortune ultimately ends with his descent into a world of tempation, debauchery and madness.

Accompanied by players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

A new community opera about a quest for fortune.

Circle Studio

    User Rating

    Rated: (4/5), based on 1 rating

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome

Recommended for 16+

Creative Team >

Conductor Chris Gray
Composer Matthew Brown
Directed by Elly Goodman and Neil Packham
Designed by Ailsa Joy Rendell

“a refreshingly accessible take on an old story that retains its dark heart.” The Herald “There’s something a little bit special going on in this latest collaboration between the Citizens Theatre Community Company and Scottish Opera…this pocket-sized version may put its 20-strong cast in period dress, but the references and themes are as 21st century as it gets.” The Herald “a playful mash-up of old and new material…While on one hand the company rise gamely to the complexities of Brown’s material, under conductor Chris Gray’s guidance they prove equally adept at tackling the chorus numbers from Stravinsky’s original via its libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman.” The Herald

Read audience reactions on Storify


Carol Thomson

2nd July 2012

We saw this on Saturday night, having previously seen the Rake's Progress.If anything I enjoyed this even more, it was great fun. It is hard to believe the cast aren't fully professional actors. Well done!

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