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[[caption-width-right:350:"Years before, a Monk and Gambler embarked..."]]

''The Dolls Of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera'' is a 4-Act play composed and written by Music/PaulShapera. So far, there has only been a workshop performance, but the audio version of the entire play can be found [[http://mochalab.bandcamp.com/album/the-dolls-of-new-albion-a-steampunk-opera here]].

The Steampunk Opera follows four generations of [=McAlistairs=], beginning with the MadScientist Annabelle, who is attempting to raise from the dead the love of her life. The story is told by an all-knowing {{Narrator}}.

The story is set in the fantastical {{Steampunk}} city of New Albion. Each act contains a song sung by the Narrator who describes the history and culture of the city. As each new generation passes, the city grows and evolves too, along with the people in it.

The other two parts of the trilogy, AudioPlay/TheNewAlbionRadioHour and AudioPlay/TheNewAlbionGuideToAnalogueConsciousness, are available for your listening pleasure. The entire albums are available [[http://mochalab.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-albion-radio-hour-a-dieselpunk-opera here]] and [[https://mochalab.bandcamp.com/album/an-atompunk-opera-the-new-albion-guide-to-analogue-consciousness-the-complete-album here]].

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!!Tropes:

* AllKnowingSingingNarrator: The narrator for the story operates like this--in addition to providing exposition in the main songs, in between each act is a sung tango describing how New Albion is progressing.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** The only character with a requited love interest [[spoiler: marries her ex-fiancee when he threatens to keep her from her father, whom he just brought back from the dead.]]
** Also, even though 3/4 of the [=McAlistairs=] are strangely in love with Jasper, Priscilla is the only person he truly loves back. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well]]
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:Edgar blackmails Fay into marrying him after ruining her fiance by threatening to withhold her recently revived father from her.]]
* BackFromTheDead:
** Jasper. After Annabelle brings him back [[spoiler: and then kills him because he asked her to, Edgar brings him back AGAIN.]]
** All of the dolls in New Albion are this really.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler: Jasper, after four generations of begging for death, finally gets his wish--at the cost of Priscilla's life.]]
* BreatherEpisode: The Ballad of the Monk and the Gambler is a fun and carnival-esque song separating [[spoiler: the (almost) burning of Jasper]] and [[spoiler: the dystopian New Albion of Act 4.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Annabelle's notes on raising the dead, which Edgar finds in a trunk in the attic.
* CityOfWeirdos: Annabelle struts around New Albion with a life-sized mechanical doll and no one seems to care, probably because there is a lot of weirder stuff going on.
-->'''Narrator:''' "New Albion today / With bustling streets, machines, cafes / And the nice, the wise, the eccentric and insane"
* {{Cult}}: The Voodoopunks.
* DeathSeeker: Jasper is one through all four acts. [[spoiler: [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Eventually he gets his wish,]] [[HeroicSacrifice but at the cost of Priscilla's life.]] ]]
* {{Dystopia}}: [[spoiler: After Act III, New Albion becomes this.]]
* GenerationalSaga: Each acts follows a new generation in the [=McAlistair=] family.
* GreenEyedMonster: Edgar, big time. [[spoiler: Destroyed the home and livelihood of the man his girlfriend left him for in order to make her desperate enough to give in to his blackmail.]]
-->'''Edgar:''' There's a man they call Sillof, and he once stole my girl. I want him destroyed, all he has in this world. His business, his home, and his carriage all crushed. I want him left penniless, face down in the dust!
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler: Priscilla sacrifices her life so Jasper can die (again).]]
** Jasper stays alive, despite wishing to return to the afterlife because [[spoiler: if he is caught, his entire family will be killed.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation:
** Amelia to Byron. Have we mentioned AllLoveIsUnrequited?
** To make this worse for poor Amelia, Byron later does marry a lady for political purposes, as the fourth generation focuses on his daughter Priscilla. [[spoiler: Amelia is dead by then and even if she'd been alive, it would unlikely be happy for Byron at least...]]
* IntellectualAnimal: The cat burglars' "pet albatross Simon and a brilliant mouse named Sam."
* IronicEcho: There's like ten of these. Some of the more obvious examples:
** [[spoiler: When Priscilla dies, the Narrator reverses her lines from Annabelle has a Doll.]]
** [[spoiler: Also, Priscilla reverses Annabella's lines back in Annabelle Raises the Dead.]]
** [[spoiler: Jasper also mimics the "Be my angel" lines from Annabelle, which may be more or less ironic since he actually knew her and heard those lines.]]
* LightningCanDoAnything: The exact process Annabelle uses to bring Jasper back to life is never said, but the line "With voltage I invoke!" seems to imply this.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Fay dumping Edgar for someone else does not make him happy.]]
* LovingAShadow: The source behind Annabel and Byron's love for Jasper, wanting a submissive partner (or father figure) they can project whatever they want onto for their own emotional problems rather than an actual person. Notably Priscilla is the only [=McAlistair=] who learns how to have a conversation with him.
* MadScientist: Annabelle, of course, and Edgar as well, to a lesser extent.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At the end of Act 3, [[spoiler: Byron gives a speech to try and rally the population back to his side after the song being played by the dolls leads Amelia to kill herself. This involves telling them that they're pushing a doll into the position of Mayor and that their kids are all dancing each night with the dead.]]
-->'''Narrator:''' [[spoiler: "Kill the dolls! Kill the dolls!" everyone screamed.]]
-->'''Byron:''' Now my friends just hold on, that is not what we mean!
* OnlyChildSyndrome: All four generations of [=McAlistairs=] are only children.
* {{Revenge}}:
** Edgar makes this his life's mission after [[spoiler: Fay leaves him. Once he succeeds, Fay vows revenge unto him.]]
-->'''Edgar:''' One day, you will learn, and you will burn like my heart burns!
** [[YouAreNumberSix Soldier 7285]] eventually vows this [[spoiler: upon the government of New Albion after Priscilla's death.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Annabel/Annabelle/Annabella.
* {{Steampunk}}: The Dolls of New Albion: ''A Steampunk Opera''.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Priscilla sacrifices herself to let Jasper return to the afterlife by doing this.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Priscilla's]] song at the very end [[spoiler: suggests she expects to see Jasper again in the afterlife after they've both been killed by the police.]] The third installment in the series shows that [[spoiler:this won't happen, as Priscilla repeatedly reincarnates, making this a subversion.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Soldier 7285.