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Opera in one Act

Music by Robin Orr, Libretto by Sydney Goodsir Smith


The scenes are set around the shipyards of Glasgow in the industrial depression of 1930.

Davie, a penniless young dock labourer, plans an armed hold-up. His wife Jean persuades him to empty the bullets from the gun. Davie stops a stranger with his empty gun and takes all his money, which he promptly spends in the nearest bar, from which he is thrown out when he becomes drunk and quarrelsome. A passing policeman tries to direct him home, but this unnecessarily angers Davie, who draws the gun. A struggle breaks out during which the gun goes off killing the policeman. One bullet had not been removed.

Principal Characters



1 Violin
1 Viola
1 Double Bass
1 Clarinet
1 Bassoon
1 Cornet
1 Trombone
1 Timpani/Percussion