A Dog's Heart is the sensational operatic debut of Simon McBurney, artistic director of Complicité, and puppetry is a key element in realising this absurdist tale of organ transplants and Frankenstein-like transformations. The moral of the tale provides clues: a beast is still a beast, even if it looks like a man.
So what is the special relationship between a puppet and its creator? Are there attachment issues? There's no doubt that this is a new era for puppet-led drama and the huge international success of War Horse demonstrates just how strongly an audience wants to believe in the reality beyond the illusion. In this ENO OperaCast Edward Seckerson is party to the deception....
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