The opera was “an examination of the creation of a myth,” retelling the story of a Bedouin who becomes a powerful political leader. The chorus represented Qaddafi’s all-female bodyguards. The opera was directed by British film director Antonia Bird. The music was written by Steve Chandra Savale, a former guitarist with the group Asian Dub Foundation, on a libretto by playwright Shan Khan.
“It's a brave attempt to create a vision for new opera in 2006 by dramatising the life of one of today's most controversial politicians,” The Guardian wrote, “but sadly the evening is never more than a hodgepodge of musical and cultural influences, with the amplified ENO orchestra augmented by the guitars and ouds of the Third Universal Band and an accompaniment of sampled beats.