Opera Scotland

Bliss

Music

Brett Dean

Text

Amanda Holden

Source

Novel (1981) by Peter Carey

 

Premières

First Performance: Sydney (Opera House), 12 March 2010.

First Performance in UK: Edinburgh (Festival Theatre), 2 September 2010.

First Performance in Scotland: As Above.

Scottish Opera première: N/A.

 

Background

Peter Carey’s sardonic novel Bliss charts the escapades and misadventures of Harry Joy, an advertising executive who, having survived a near-death experience, gets sucked into a Kafkaesque routine of increasing bizarreness. Is he really in hell? In a place where his wife is constantly unfaithful, his son is a drug dealer and his daughter offers sexual favours to pay for her narcotic needs?

 

Main Characters

 

Plot Summary

The Cast

'Nurse'
 an inmate of the asylum
Aldo
 head waiter
Alex Duval
 Harry's friend and colleague
Asylum Doctor
 
Betty Joy
 Harry's wife
Betty's Doctor
 
David
 Harry's son
First Nurse
 
First Police Officer
 
Harry Joy
 MD of an advertising agency
Honey B
 Harry's lover, a call-girl
Johnny Davis
 Harry's colleague, Betty's lover
Lucy
 Harry's daughter
Managing Director
 
Mrs Dalton
 asylum manager
Neighbour
 
Nigel Clunes
 of Conlon Chemicals, a client
Police Officer
 
Reverend Des
 hospital chaplain
Second Nurse
 
Second Police Officer
 

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