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Gods of the Game: A Football Opera

Five-a-side & Phil Porter

OCTOBER 2022

A brand new opera about corruption in football, commissioned by Sky Arts to coincide with the 2022 World Cup.

Two childhood friends, now footballing icons, join forces to front their nation’s bid to host a World Cup tournament. They encounter a nefarious world of bribery and corruption, overseen by the game’s charismatic and all-powerful president. Enlisting support from the gods of the game, they set out to restore football to its rightful owners – the players and the fans.

With the power and precision of a David Beckham free kick, The Gods of the Game is a glorious celebration and a bitter condemnation of the world’s most popular sport.

Produced by Factory Films with Grange Park Opera for Sky Arts.

An opera in two acts

Sung in English

Music: Five-a-side comprising of Julian Philips, Aran O’Grady, Ábel M.G.E, Blasio Kavuma & Lucy Armstrong

Writer & Librettist: Phil Porter

World première: October 2022

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Cast to be announced

VIKO, Football legend ∙ 
EVA, Footballer & Viko’s childhood friend
SOREN, Viko’s rival  ∙ 
PRESIDENT ∙ 
JOURNALIST  
COMMENTATOR  ∙ 

Creatives 

DIRECTOR ∙ KWAME KWEI-ARMAH
SET DESIGNER ∙ TBA
LIGHTING DESIGNER ∙ TBA
CONDUCTOR ∙ TBA

Sky Arts
FACTORY FILMS