Roddy Bottum’s Sasquatch: The Opera

This year, Roddy Bottum (of Faith No More/Imperial Teen fame) is bringing his unique take on the mythical Bigfoot to Scotland, with the world premiere of his show ‘Sasquatch: The Opera’ at the Edinburgh Fringe.

We’re beyond thrilled to be producing this exciting new work in Edinburgh and beyond, as Roddy’s Sasquatch heads out to conquer the world.

Written and directed by Roddy, this modern, unearthly opera is about a small-town redneck family that runs ‘Bigfoot Tours’ for tourists, and the fallout when the daughter meets and runs away with the real Sasquatch. Part folklore, part love story, the opera follows the demise of the family and a taboo love affair that blossoms in its aftermath.

Catch Sasquatch: The Opera in Edinburgh this August

The show goes on sale in May, so we’ll be posting more information and links to the box office on here shortly.

…the impetus for my opera is a theme I’m particularly fond of, that of the gentle giant, the misunderstood monster, the impaired genius with the sensitivity of a child. I reference John Merrick of the Elephant Man, Frankenstein, King Kong and a 100 pound four-year-old I once saw on Jerry Springer as characters of inspiration.

 

The story centres around a trashy family in the backwoods that takes tourists on tours of the Sasquatch country with a promised sighting of the beast. Beyond that, more significantly, it’s a love story. The opera itself is three scenes of what will eventually be a full form opera. The current instrumentation is timpani, trumpets, synthesizer and drum machine. The artistic exercise is a profound and unique opportunity for me to tell a story through music in an experimental setting and work and collaborate with some of my favourite artists.

 

-Roddy Bottum