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A dark, brutal and hilarious performance
Tyranno is a dark, topical, Wagnerian, humorous and brutal musical show from Distortion Forever. It is loaded with drama themes of Western Art, free speech, offensive language and power. These themes were explored, and the authority of societal power and innate beliefs were questioned.
Written, produced and directed by Ludwig van Distortion and Coco Grainger (Distortion Forever) this laugh-out-loud musical is based on controversial internet personality Tyranno Frei (Denver Naude) who has been invited to talk at a university. As the commencement of his lecture looms, crowds of students begin to protest outside the auditorium. One of his old professors, Professor Dio (Myles Burgin), becomes worried that the crowd will possibly begin a riot.
Hole E. Bible (Rhairn Zarzhavsky) and Will Shakeshaft (Richard Holborn) are Tyranno's mischievous sidekicks, whilst Zoe Crawford plays professor soprano/soprano student/journalist/art vlogger (prologue) , Ella Arendelle plays professor mezzo/mezzo student/art vlogger (prologue), Ricci Crane plays professor tenor/ tenor student/ interviewer (prologue), and Samuel Fietelberg plays professor baritone/ baritone student/ the prologue.
The question is will Gratia (Bec Power), the student's hysterical representative, be able to satisfy the mob if she will be allowed to debate Tyranno?
The musical questions art and culture: has art been politicised? Is the Western Canon still valid? Do ideologies make people vile? Tyranno explores these questions and the clashing perspectives of modern society.
Message from the Creators: 'This musical was created to dramatise the violent clashing beliefs that makes modern life so pleasant. In an age of opinions, in which all sides fight for what they love, we wanted to write about hatred and fight for no side. To those who might object to the bad language and offensive ideas in this show: we have merely held the mirror up to nature. Why should art be rendered incapable of reflecting modern life?'
The performance was executed with perfection from all of the cast and certainly did pull out plenty of laugh-out-loud moments!