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Well summer is well and truly here as are the Olympics. Team GB are doing great things in the arena and Team Don are getting the first two clips sorted to put on the web. These are from the recordings done in Heaven either of the Dress Rehearsal or during the first performance on 15th April 2012.

The first clip is of Zac being seduced by the Don. We have left the initial recitative on the front as there are some great lines about aftershave… the duet is one of Mozart's most famous and is a great example of what makes this production so different and special. It also has a fun ending.


Clip 1


The second clip features Zac again. This time trying to make up with Marina… (Batti Batti). We miss some of the action in the shots but hear all the lines as Marina bemoans her fate in the recitative at the beginning and Zac pleads with her, by offering her bodily parts if necessary!!..


Clip 1


Next month there will be two more clips…


Additionally, Team Don have up dated the Website, particularly the 'Participate' page. It is now called 'Participate' and list how people can get involved. As a Follower, Performer, Backer or Sponsor there are some great and fun opportunities to be part of this production.



Some lines from our libretto....

Seduction duet

DON At last we're a-lone. Wo-men, eh? Zac, mate, tell me, what do you see in her?
ZAC What? Well, er, we're en-gaged.
DON Off-i-cial-ly You said. Look. Can I be hon-est with you? I know peo-ple, Zac, and I think it's my du-ty to speak up when I see some-one a-bout to make a big mis-take, that some-one like you, a good look-ing young man, such a good look-ing young man, could be hap-py with a wo-man like Ma-rin-a.
ZACLeave off. Ma-rin-a's going to be my wife.
DON You're en-gaged: but you have-n't sealed the deal. Signed off on the dott-ed line... You de-serve a bet-ter life, Zac. Grab-bing a bur-ger while hang-ing a-round for the last train home. Is this real-ly the life you've dreamed of? You de-serve much more. It's an ex-ci-ting world out there, Zac. I can see you're tempt-ed. So op-en your eyes, Zac, it's a chance you should-n't miss. And if I'm not mis-tak-en I think that scent is Ar-a-mis...
ZAC Do what? You're well out of or-der.
DONDon't you want more?
ZAC 'Course. But not, not this. You've got the wrong bloke. I know all a-bout you and your lot.
DONFrom what you read in the pap-ers? Or hear when big-ots talk on T V? Look at me! Look at what I am, what I have, what I can off-er you. Right now. I can change your life.
ZAC You...
DONI can show you the life you've on-ly read a-bout and not yet seen, you know what I mean, I can see you know what I mean. Come.
What are we wait-ing for, Zac?
Heav-en's a street a-way...
It's you that I'll a-dore, Zac,
For-ev-er and a day.
ZAC For what can I be wait-ing?
I want to go with you
Yet still I'm hes-i-tat-ing
What would I be if I do?
A bas-tard through and through!
DONI'm rich-er, fit-ter and lean-er...
ZAC Oh, Je-sus! Poor Ma-rin-a!
DONI'll change your life for the bet-ter...
ZAC Can I be start-ing to for-get her,
be start-ing to for-get her?
I'm start-ing to for-get her!
DONLet's get go-ing!
What are we wait-ing for, Zac?
ZAC For what can I be wait-ing?
DONIt's a few streets a-way...
ZAC I'm hes-i-tat-ing still.
DONFor-ev-er and a day...
ZAC Where is my strength of will?
DONI'm rich-er, fit-ter and lean-er...
ZAC Oh, Je-sus! Poor Ma-ina!
DONI'll change your life for the bet-ter...
ZAC I'm start-ing to for-get her!
I'm start-ing to for-get her!
I'm start-ing to for-get her!
DONLet's go... Let's go...
ZAC Let's go then.
DON&ZAC Let's go, no more de-lay
We have to seize the day
And I'm de-ter-mined to!
Let's go, no more de-lay
We have to seize the day
What else is there to do?
DONLet's go!
ZAC Let's go. Let's go!
DONLet's go!
DON&ZAC Let's do just as we we please!
The day is there to seize!
What else is there to do?

They kiss


Clip 2

Balcony scene

ZAC Ma-rin-a! You're here. Thank God.
MARINA Don't come near me!
ZACWhat?
MARINA What do you mean, what? Where were you, eh? But I think we all know where you were. You're dis-gust-ing.
ZAC Don't be like that, what have I done?
MARINA What have you done? He's a poof, Zac, a shirt lift-er; he takes it up the arse. You go off with him and leave me here on my own. The stor-ies I heard in there! We're en-gaged, Zac! This is meant to be the sec-ond happi-est day of my life! I'd call Dad, on-ly it's late and what would I tell him, eh? My bloke's gone queer?
ZAC You've got it wrong, love. O-kay, he tried it on. But why are you wor-ried? Calm down, love. I told him I'm not like that. Don't be-lieve me? Well, that's your prob-lem. Shout at me, do what-ev-er you want to me, call your Dad, but af-ter that, Ma-rin-a, love, let's kiss and make up, eh?

Scratch my eyes out, sweet Ma-ri-na!
Kick me till I'm one big bruise!
Bust my balls! Cut off my wie-ner!
I would if I were in your shoes.
Bash me! Bite me!
Spurn me! Spite me!
Shout and scream, and vent your spleen,
Blow a gas-ket and a fuse!
Thrash me, thump me, please don't dump me!
'Cause it's you that I live for
You're the one, in all this world, that I a-dore, that I live for,
Don't show me the door
My dar-ling I've made my blun-der but I won't be ma-king a-ny more!
Scratch my eyes out, sweet Ma-ri-na!
Kick me till I'm one big bruise!
Bust my balls! Cut off my wie-ner!
I would if I were in your shoes.
An-nih-il-ate me
Just don't hate me!
Can't you see it was-n't me, just too much E and too much booze!
Thrash me, thump me, just don't dump me!
'Cause if you leave me, my dar-ling, de-spair and death a-wait me!
I could die if you pre-fer, love!
Let's go back to how we were, love
What we had It was-n't so bad
Don't throw it a-way for one bad day!
Please my dar-ling don't throw it a-way
Throw it a-way for one bad day!
Please my dar-ling don't throw it a-way
Please my dar-ling don't throw it a-way
What we had it was-n't so bad
Please my dar-ling don't throw it a-way
What we had it was-n't so bad
Please my dar-ling don't throw it a-way
Please don't throw it a-way
What we had it was-n't so bad
Please don't throw it a-way
What we had it was-n't so bad
Please my dar-ling don't throw it, don't throw it a-way for one bad day!

MARINA Oh, come here, you twat. I must be soft in the head. But I'm going to wait in-side till that Don bloke shows up and give him a bit of that. Fuck-ing poof.
ZAC No. No, come on, let's just go.
MARINA What are you a-fraid of? You weren't giv-ing me the run a-round just now, were you?
ZAC 'Course not.
MARINA Come on then. And we can have a drink while we wait. He may be a bender but he's got a well stocked bar.

exit MARINA & ZAC


 

Some comments from our audience....


 

"Don Giovanni The Opera was excellent! A good twist of the classic opera, reinvented for the 21st century. The orchestra was fabulous and the leading actor, Duncan Rock, plays the lecherous villain Don fantastically!"



"This was fantastic!!
Right from the second I arrived, the sense of intrigue of just how this classic was going to be reworked to suit its 'unusual' surroundings complete with 80's backdrop created a real buzz. The opening scene was funny, shocking and brilliantly set the score for what then followed to be a superb reworking of this production. Lyrics were sharp and funny, and the performers were spot on and projected a real sense of the underlying passion that they had for our new hateful yet totally desirable Don. Following the actors round the Venue gave a sense of realism that added drama to the story, the music which was beautifully created by the Orchestra absolutely enabled the lyrics to work even with their somewhat updated content. The performers all did a great job, even wandering through the Venue during the interval - creating further realism, and taking the formality out of this essentially brilliant opera, making it a relevant and current piece but retaining the beauty of Mozart's idea and music!!
A must see … !!!!!"

Until next month,

Team Don X



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