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‘Out of the darkness, into the spotlight, a teenage sensation is coming …’
That’s right, we were inspired by the documentary. The basic story is the same but for a full scale stage show we needed to create more. We needed to introduce new characters and show the world of the school, which didn’t appear in the original documentary.
The Director of the show Jonathan Butterell brought this idea to Tom and myself. He is a Sheffield lad and wanted to do a piece specifically about and for Sheffield. We are delighted to be at the Crucible, a theatre with such a wonderful reputation.
Something unexpected and joyful.
This is a much bigger undertaking than pretty much anything I have done before but it is also the first project I have done where I don’t perform myself. It is nice to see these amazing performers do their work and bring our ideas to life.
Around 3 years from the initial idea to being staged.
Completely. We needed very specific kinds of singers for this score.
The ‘concept’ album that accompanies the show will be available on CD at the theatre and also on iTunes at some point!
I think it’s a show for everyone.
It really is just a bloody good night out!
(not in that order)
We felt we needed to have a break after 10 years of solid touring. 2018 will come round pretty quickly!
They have been very supportive and they have all helped loads with the project in different ways.
I’m very grateful to them all.
I want as many people to get a chance to see it as possible. That’s all.
One day, maybe.
West Side Story
Little Shop of Horrors
I’m horrified, obviously.
I wish I could do more about it but at least we get to create a piece of theatre that speaks back to bigotry.
It’s not enough but it’s something.