After years away touring the world, the Olivier Award-winning godfathers of alternative cabaret, the legendary alternative rock trio The Tiger Lillies celebrate their 30th anniversary with a triumphant return to the Fringe.
Based on the seminal 18th-century “Beggar’s Opera”, the band present a new song cycle swarming with highwaymen, thieves, jailers, pimps and prostitutes – a world of greed, crime, poverty and inequality. Expect immense beauty and outrageous comedy from the Grammy-nominated, street-opera trio.
With their dark and eccentric underground appeal, The Tiger Lillies’ image and style is described as “the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin, with the savage edge of punk”, and leaves no deviant theatrics unturned.
The three piece band consists of Martyn Jaques, Adrian Stout and Budi Butenop, who together create a unique and daring alternative rock trio, who have created a signature blend of chanson, opera, and Romany music which has been favourably recognised globally.
The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. This unique “anarchic Brechtian street opera trio” tours the world playing songs about “anything that doesn’t involve beautiful blonde girls and boys running at the meadow” to quote their founder Martyn Jacques
The Tiger Lillies: “One Penny Opera”
Underbelly 4th – 28th August: 9:20pm