Lorna Doone is a full length musical based on the famous Blackmore novel. It was premiered
at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received high critical acclaim. It has
been performed by different groups and in different forms, depending on
the need of the group concerned. It is designed so that it can be performed
by quite a small company as several major parts do not overlap. Rather
in the G&S genre, it makes a colourful and entertaining show for most
amateur musical theatre companies to get their teeth into. Its title should
overcome any reluctance about box office appeal.
Ring of White Roses
Ring of White Roses is a one-act musical in the ballad opera tradition. Generally regarded
as the composer's finest work, it tells the true and tragic romance of
Emmott Sydall, a nineteen year old girl living in the 17th century "plague"
village of Eyam in Derbyshire and her lover Roland Torre, a miller from
the nearby village of Stony Middleton. Faced with the high risk that she
could catch the fatal disease, she made the choice of duty to stay by her
family in the doomed village rather than leave for safety with Roland.
Brandreth is a "folk" musical based on accounts of the 19th century Pentrich
Rebellion. It tells the story of what has been called "England's Last
Revolution". A group of Derbyshire villagers led by Jeremiah Brandreth
formed themselves into a small army and marched towards London, expecting
to join up with other revolutionaries and overthrow the government. Their
venture ended in tragedy. First written for a college drama group, the
present version is also suitable for any amateur musical theatre group.
A version for senior school or college also contains historical background
notes and extracts of letters from a Pentrich man who was deported to Australia
at the same time as several of the revolutionaries found themselves prisoners
The following shows are in manuscript at the moment, but are available for use.
The Inheritance 1 and 2.
Fanny and Annie
The Widows of Port Quin
The Captive Queen
Madam Will You Walk?
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