Book and Lyrics by / Peter Rowe
Music by / Ben Goddard
“Wherever we are in 25 years, we'll come back and create the B side”
Twenty-five years ago a group of friends celebrated the end of their university careers with a wild week in a barn half-way up a mountain in West Wales. A week of madness, mayhem and music, recorded on a C90 cassette and buried in a biscuit tin at the top of a hill with a pledge – “Wherever we are in twenty-five years’ time we’ll come back here on Midsummer’s Eve and create the B side”.
And now we see those old friends return, a little rounder, a bit more rueful but with their passion for life, love and music still smouldering inside.
As the biscuit tin gives up its secrets, old passions catch fire, past resentments return and the songs begin to fly. Will this reunion change their lives? Will the album ever be finished? And what on earth can they play that cassette on?
This brand new musical is a celebration of friendship, survival and the power of song, written especially for a company of multi-skilled actor-musicians in the New Wolsey house style; with music like the ballads of Joni Mitchell and the summer feel good fun of Mumford and Sons.
Contains some strong language.
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Alex Bourne has had a fullﬁlling theatrical career starring in many shows and productions. He has appeared on tour in The Rocky Horror Show, Grease and Beauty & The Beast.
Alex's ﬁrst lead role was Buddy Holly in Buddy (The Victoria Palace) from there, he went on to star as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack (The Strand) Beast in Beauty & The Beast (The Dominion), Billy Flynn in Chicago (The Adelphi) and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (The Dominion) which he played for 6 years.
Last year he scored a great success in Kiss Me Kate in Chichester and The Old Vic directed by Trevor Nunn and was nominated for an Olivier and What's on Stage award. Alex also went on star as Daryl in The Witches of Eastwick (Watermill) and most recently starring once again as Billy Flinn in Chicago which toured China.
Yvette’s theatre credits include “Bare” for The Union Theatre, “Marguerite” for The Tabard Theatre, “Tomorrow Morning” for The Landor Theatre, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at The Palace Theatre, “I Do! I Do” for Vienna’s English Theatre, “Mama Mia” for the International Tour, “Blues in the Night” at The New Wolsey Theatre, “Evita” for the Adelphi Theatre, “Chess” for Oslo Spectrum, “Side by Side by Sondheim” at the Gordon Graig Theatre, “The Woman in White” at the Palace Theatre, “Starlight Express” for Bochum, Germany, “Jolson” at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney, “Les Miserables” in Sydney and Melbourne, “Beauty and The Beast” in Sydney and Australia, “Miss Saigon” for the Capital Theatre in Sydney, “My Fair Lady” at Her Majesty’s Theatre Perth, “Evita” at Her Majesty’s Theatre Perth, “Into The Woods” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney.
Jane is one of a growing number of performers who sing, act and play instruments. She has appeared in ground breaking actor - musician productions such as Return to the Forbidden Planet, From a Jack to a King and Craig Revel Horwood's award-winning production Spend Spend Spend. Most recently she appeared at the Novello Theatre in Mamma Mia playing Rosie, a dynamo!
Her film credits include: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Puckoon and has appeared in numerous television documentaries and radio programmes about her father Spike.
She recently toured in The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 around the UK and Singapore. Her other work includes Theatr Clwyd in The Grapes of Wrath and Animal Farm, Stella in Three Steps to Heaven, at the Watford Palace, at the Basingstoke Haymarket she played Duffy in In the Midnight Hour, Rhetta Cupp in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors and has worked with Chris Bond as Lady Macbeth in Hubble Bubble and Sammy in Alice on the Underground.
Her work with Bob Carlton’s Cut to the Chase Theatre company includes: Mina in Ken Hill's Dracula, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Geraldine Barclay in What The Butler Saw, Hippy Chic in Keep on Running, Sandy in A Slice of Saturday Night, Mrs. Magee in Corpse, Smeraldina in The Servant of Two Masters, Jan in Ladies Day, Mrs. Wragg in A Murder has been Arranged and Pitti Sing in The Hot Mikado.
Jane has worked extensively in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Thailand both as a musical director and as a performer, most recently as the Narrator in The Ugly Duckling for The Singapore Repertory Company.
Jane has been a regular in the successful Actor/Musician Rock and Roll pantomimes, playing characters such as The Genie in Aladdin, Frederika in Sleeping Beauty, Bosun Bodgit in Dick Whittington and Vanity in Beauty and the Beast. Last summer Jane appeared at the Jermyn Street Theatre in Sunny Side of the Street written, devised and directed by Tim McArthur and Sarah Travis.
Among her other ‘triumphs’… appearing as Nanas the tenor sax- playing monkey! Drumming for Jane Horrocks’ all- girl band at The Royal Variety performance; Singing with Ricky Martin and Gabrielle at the Albert Hall; Mixing sound at Glastonbury Festival and recently playing the guitar with Woman - the band at The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall supporting Billy Ocean on his current tour.
Jane was a regular news pundit for LBC on Steve Allens Sunday Breakfast. For many years Jane has been involved with the fantastic, all Inclusive Chicken Shed Theatre Company.
After all that Jane is looking forward to spending the next year on a beautiful Greek Island!
Theatre: Glenn performed the role of Tommy De Vito in the Original London Cast of Jersey Boys at The Prince Edward Theatre. Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyceum Theatre, West End, a role which he then played to great acclaim on Broadway, for which he received a “Most Outstanding Performance in a Musical” award from the Drama League.
Other Theatre credits include: West End Men at The Vaudeville Theatre, Floyd Collins in Floyd Collins at The Southwark Playhouse, Gary in The Exonerated at The Charing Cross Theatre, Buzz Aldrin in Moonlanding, Charlie in Merrily We Roll Along, The Baker in Into The Woods, The Sultan in Arabian Nights, Macduff in Macbeth and Robert in Company all for Derby Playhouse, Amiens/Oliver in Peter Halls production of As You Like It on tour and in America, Laertes in Hamlet (Ludlow Festival); The Man in Whistle Down The Wind at the Aldwych Theatre, American Reporter in Chess (Prince Edward Theatre); Cats (New London Theatre); Marius in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre); Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium); Johnny Casino in the original cast of Grease (Dominion Theatre) title role in Alfie (Theatre Royal, St. Anne’s); Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Repertory: Season at Nottingham Playhouse.
Concerts: Numerous engagements in concert at the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival and Albert Halls; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (inaugural tour with Sarah Brightman); numerous charity concerts including La Cage Aux Folles, Mack and Mabel. Glenn was also a guest in the recent Bernadette Peters concert at The Royal Festival Hall, also released on video.
Film: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Really Useful Films. Jesus (Heyzus) in the feature film Nine Lives.
Television: Psychoville (BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Bill (Carlton) The Travelling Man (Granada); Saatchi in Ten Glorious Years (Channel 4).
Recording: Concert recordings of La Cage Aux Folles, Mack and Mabel; cast recordings of Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar. Glenn is also a successful songwriter and has worked on many projects with numerous artists.
For further information please see glenncarter.com
Adam trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Recent roles include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night for the re-opening of the Liverpool Everyman and Brian Epstein in Lennon (Royal Court Liverpool).
Other theatre credits include - Forbidden Planet, Jack to a King, Sweet Charity and Curtain Up (Oldham Coliseum), Eight Miles High, Little Voice , Once Upon a Time in Wigan, Looking for Buddy (Bolton Octagon), Pump Boys and Dinettes (New Vic Stoke), Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, Good Golly Miss Molly, You'll Never Walk Alone (Royal Court Liverpool), Jus' Like That (Edinburgh), Cinderella (Theatr Clwyd), Three Steps To Heaven (Chester), The Sound of Fury, Ferry Cross The Mersey (Liverpool Playhouse/London) Puss in Boots (Theatre Royal Windsor) The Buddy Holly Story (London/Toronto).
UK tours - Elvis the Musical, This Lonely Heart, Rock and Roll Heaven, Timewarp, Rave On and Buddy vs The Killer (Indonesia/Malaysia).
Film/TV credits - Emmerdale, Crimewatch, The Big Time, The Queens Nose, All Very Well and the recently filmed Carvery.
Born in the Swansea Valley, Phylip trained at Trinity College Carmarthen and the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.
Phylip is delighted to be back at The New Wolsey, having played Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and most recently enjoying a successful run of Tom - The Story of Tom Jones for Theatr na n’Og when he played the narrator Jack Lister.
Recent Theatre credits include: Father in The Famous Farter Wales Millennium Centre, Peter Quince in A Midsummer’s Night Dream Stafford Shakespeare Festival, Dai Probert in Rape of the Fair Country Clwyd Theatr Cymru (Associate member), Hector Blavatsky Blavatsky’s Tower Three Crate Productions. Mouse Aesop’s Fables Theatr na n’Og, Dromio of Ephesus The Comedy of Errors, Sir Hugh Evans The Merry Wives of Windsor for Stafford Shakespeare Festival. Lancelot Gobbo The Merchant of Venice Shepherd The Winter’s Tale Ludlow Shakespeare Festival, Bottom A Midsummer’s Night Dream Clwyd theatr Cymru, all the characters in many productions of Under Milk Wood, Mr Fezziwig A Christmas Carol Birmingham Rep, Josef Hermann The Secret Of Belonging Antic Theatre, Dylan Thomas A Tale Of Two Dogs, Out of Order, and Wayne Needy in Salsa for Theatr Na Nog. His TV Credits include: Denzil in the highly acclaimed Welsh Noir detective series Hinterland, Harpur and Isles, Torchwood, City Central, Tiger Bay, Lifeboat, High Hopes and Fun at the Funeral Parlour, and Scrum V for BBC. He has also appeared in the feature films Last Seduction 2, A Bit of Tom Jones (Winner of the BAFTA Wales Best Film 2010) Arthur’s Dyke and Masterpiece.
Phylip is also a Panto Dame, having donned his/her frock at Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold, for the last ten years, and was also part of The New Wolsey Gala celebrations, where he was one of six other dames in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Other multimedia work includes The Big Pit mining museum at Blaenavon, where he can be seen as a virtual Miner, Aneurin Bevan in a film for the new Bedwellty House Museum, Tredegar, and his voice can be heard in King Arthur’s Labyrinth Corris, and the Cwm Gwrelych Community Geo Heritage Trail. Visitors to Cardiff Castle will know Phylip as the Master of Ceremonies there, officiating at the Welsh Banquets with his harpist wife, Mags.
He is an Associate Director with Theatr Na Nog, and has directed many plays with them such as Halt, The Sinking of the Arandorra Starr ,The Ghost of Morfa Colliery and Me a Giant. He also directed Mappa Mundi’s Canterbury Tales
Voiceover and radio work includes Grandpa Max in the Welsh language version of Ben 10, and Aberystwyth’s only private eye Louie Knight, in the Radio 4 Drama Aberystwyth Noir – It Ain’t Over until the Bearded Lady Sings!
For more information please visit the website, www.phylipharries.com
Hannah trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).
Theatre includes: Lockerbie: Lost Voices (Elements World Theatre), Violet in The Place Between Sleeping (Ineffect/Strange Town), The Hag/Maid in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), Maud Macbeeeeeth in The Wish!, Rosie in Cabaret, Ensemble in City Of Angels, Step Mother/Jack's Mother in Into The Woods, Richard II in Richard II, Moretta in The Rover, Katherine in The Taming Of The Shrew, Mrs. Hardwich-Moore in Tennessee Williams Shorts (all for CSSD), Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening (CSSD/Derby Live Tour).
Hannah was also part of the Coca Cola Showcasing Team at the London 2012 Olympics in Olympic Park (Coca Cola).
Radio includes: Teen in Talking To Your Kids About Drugs (NHS) and the Host of Leith Fm (Leith FM)
She has worked with Cora Bissett at the National Theatre of Scotland developing new musical works such as The Glasgow Girls and Ali Smith's Girl Meets Boy.
Hannah is a singer-song writer, and wrote her first song 'Hold on' for Jill Fenner at the age of thirteen. She has played in Paris, Glasgow and London and is now delighted to be joining the band in Midsummer Songs.
Her music can be found at www.hannahjarrett-scott.co.uk.
She dedicates her performance of Lucy to Brian Halliday.
Ben has a BA Hons in Music from Leeds University and trained at Guildford School of Acting.
Ben has Musically Directed countless Rock ‘n’ Roll shows in the UK and around the world. For the last 20 years Ben has been working as Musical Director for the New Wolsey Theatre on productions including Never Lost at Home, One Man, Two Guvnors, Once, Oxy and the Morons, Our Blue Heaven, Mods and Rox, Little Shop of Horrors and many Rock ’n’ Roll pantos. He composed the music for the recent production of Trio and Midsummer Songs seen in 2014 at the New Wolsey.
He has also written music for plays at Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Playhouse, a score for a musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona which had a successful run in Seoul, Korea, an original score for Macbeth for the Gale Theatre in Barbados and arranged music for many other productions nationwide. He recently MD’d and toured with The All Balls and Glitter Tour with Craig Revel Horwood. Ben orchestrated and supervised the National tours of Tom – a new musical about the life of Tom Jones – and Jackie The Musical, and MD’d Made in Dagenham and The Hired Man for the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. He is a Musical Director for EastEnders and regularly enjoys playing piano in the Queen Vic.
As an actor, theatre credits include Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (USA Broadway Tour, Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Nöel Coward Theatre, West End); Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Olivier nomination for best Company Performance - Comedy Theatre, West End and Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Arnauld Du Tihl in Martin Guerre (Watermill Theatre); Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar (National and European Tour). Also for Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Kelly in The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre); Edward Ireton in Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse) for Howard Goodhall; Juan in Murderous Instincts (Savoy Theatre); Detective Sergeant Trotter in The Mouse Trap (St Martins Theatre); Damien in Old Big ‘Ead in The Spirit of the Man (Nottingham Playhouse & Tour); Sanders-Draper in The Good Intent and Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Charles B Cochrane in Over my Shoulder (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); Paris in Romeo and Juliet, ensemble in Oh! What a Lovely War and Amiens in As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Horatio in Hamlet and Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival); Inigo Jollifant in The Good Companions (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Dandini in Cinderella –The Panto with Soul (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange Manchester); Boy in Kiss the Sky (Shepherds Bush Empire).
Television/Film credits include: Demon in Gulliver's Travels with Jack Black; Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd; Lt Walton in The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (BBC); Crispin Yates in Trial and Retribution (BBC); Neville in London Bridge (Carlton Television); Guy in Bugs (BBC); Celebrity Gogglebox with Craig Revel Horwood (C4).
Choreographer /Movement Director: For The New Wolsey- Guys And Dolls, It’s A Wonderful Life, Little Shop Of Horrors, Blues In The Night, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Sugar, A Chorus Of Disapproval, Mods And Rox and Our House.
Other theatre credits include: Pirates Of Penzance (ENO) Kafka’s Dick (Bath Theatre Royal) Up On The Roof (Oldham Coliseum), After Life, The Threepenny Opera, The Day After Tomorrow (National Theatre) Stephen Fry’s Cinderella (Old Vic) Little Shop Of Horrors, The Entertainer, Romeo And Juliet, Pinocchio and Toad Of Toad Hall (Birmingham rep) Cinderella , Beauty And The Beast, Happy End, Hosts Of Rebecca, Sweeney Todd, Silas Marner, The Cavalcaders and Happy End (Theatre Clwyd) The Gambler, The Winter’s Tale, Frankie and Tommy (Liverpool Everyman)
Feature Films: Francesca devised the choreographic sequences for the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. She also worked on Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows and Alice In Wonderland. She collaborated with Steven Spielberg devising movement concepts for Jude Law and the robots in his film A.I. Artificial Intelligence and with Mike Leigh on Vera Drake and Topsy Turvy (for which she was nominated for Best Choreography in a film by the American Choreography Awards.)
Other films include Great Expectations, One Day, X-Men First Class, The Duchess, De Lovely, The Da Vinci Code, The Prince Of Persia, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Me And Orson Welles, Clash Of The Titans, Gulliver’s Travels, Austenland and The Look Of Love. Recent films : Avengers, Gravity, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invisible Woman, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Our Kind Of Traitor and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Television: Esio Trot, The Trip, Murder On The Home Front, Elizabeth The Virgin Queen, Tipping The Velvet, Hustle, The Vice, Foyle’s War, Sons And Lovers, In A Land Of Plenty and Miss Marple.
Francesca has choreographed advertising campaigns for Scottish Widows, Sainsbury’s, Lynx , Johnny Walker Blue Label and the current 500th anniversary campaign for Hampton Court.
Francesca has written and directed two short films Gnomeland and For George which have been selected for film festivals in London, Scotland, Devon and Spain.
Recent work includes: Jesus Christ Superstar – UK Tour, The Sound Of Music – UK Tour, Forbidden Broadway – West End & The Menier Chocolate Factory, Blood Brothers – UK Tour, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014 UK Tour, The Seagull, Educating Rita, Mother Courage – The Library Theatre at the Lowry, Manchester, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – UK Tour, Sleuth, The Witches of Eastwick – The Watermill, The Rocky Horror Show Australia & 2012 UK Tour, The Mystery Of Charles Dickens – The Playhouse Theatre London, Ben Hur – The Watermill Theatre, Starlight Express – U.K. Tour, Simply The Best – Hackney Empire & West End, A Round Heeled Woman – Riverside Studios and West End, La Cage Aux Folles – U.S. Tour, The Marriage of Figaro – The Watermill Theatre, Hard Times – The Library Theatre Manchester, Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show – UK Tour, Spamalot - UK Tour and London, Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals, La Cage Aux Folles, West End & Broadway (Tony nomination best Lighting and Tony Award winner Best Musical 2010), Laughter In The Rain – The Neil Sedaka Story, Spend, Spend, Spend – The Watermill Theatre & UK Tour, Glengarry Glen Ross, Rock & Roll and Relatively Speaking – The Library Theatre Manchester, Monkey - Journey to the West, The Royal Opera House and O2 Arena; The Rocky Horror Show, The Playhouse Theatre and UK Tour; Whistle Down the Wind – The Palace Theatre; A Man For All Seasons - Theatre Royal Haymarket; Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - The New London Theatre; Beautiful & Damned – The Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue; Icons in London at The Venue; Wait Until Dark, The Garrick Theatre; Sleuth, The Apollo Theatre; The Mystery of Charles Dickens – The Albery Theatre; Fallen Angels, Jesus My Boy, The Apollo Theatre; Aspects of Love, What A Show, South Pacific, The Prince of Wales Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, and Scrooge starring Tommy Steele both at The London Palladium, Derren Brown – Something Wicked This Way Comes (winner 2006 Olivier Award best entertainment) at The Cambridge Theatre.
International work includes: Monkey: Journey to the West - Lincoln Centre NY, Farewell To My Concubine – Reignwood Theatre Beijing, China. The Secret Life of Nora – Maylaysian National Theatre, A Sigh of Love - Shanghai Ballet Company, The Rocky Horror Show – Australia, Seoul, Copenhagen. Mary Poppins – Copenhagen, Monkey: Journey to the West in America and Paris, The Mystery of Charles Dickens Broadway, US tours of Scrooge and Whistle Down the Wind. High School Musical, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Copacabana, Chess - Copenhagen, Rent and Gaslight at the English Theatre, Frankfurt and I Do! I Do!, Romeo & Juliette, and, The Woman In Black for Vienna’s English Theatre. Grease – Germany – European Tour and Byblos Festival, Lebanon,
Opera credits include Falstaff, which was named “Best Opera Production” by the Manchester Evening News; Menotti’s The Consul for Opera Holland Park in London; and Il Turco in Italia for Broomhill Opera.
West End/UK Tours include: The Choir of Man; Dirty Dancing; Thriller Live; American Idiot; Knights of the Rose; 20th Century Boy; The Knowledge; Close to You; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Sinatra; Our House; Starlight Express; Mum’s the Word; Jackie; I Was a Rat; Grease; The Snowman, Flashdance; The King and I; Showboat; Dancing in the Streets; The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas; Daisy Pulls It Off; The Harder They Come; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Saturday Night Fever; Fame; Peter Pan; The Pirates of Penzance; Smokey Joe’s Café; The Rocky Horror Show; Doctor In the House; Mahabharata; Anything Goes; What a Feeling; A Chorus Line; A Tribute to the Blues Brothers.
Regional and international productions include: Tony! The Tony Blair Rock Opera; Trio; Playboy of the West Indies; The Birds and the Bees; Never Lost at Home; Friends! The Musical Parody; Hugh Jackman The Show; Cruel Intentions; Friends the Musical Parody; Menopause the Musical; Starlight Express; Once; We’ll Live and Die In These Towns; The Noise Boys; Kinky Boots; Million Dollar Quartet,; Jersey Boys; Rock of Ages; Room; Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin; Oxy and the Morons; The Last Five Years; Five Guys Named Moe; The BFG.
Children’s casting includes: Waitress; The King and I; Avalanche; The Bodyguard; Caroline or Change; Annie; Medea; The Sound of Music.
Recorded media includes: Mimi’s World; Waybuloo; Grandpa In My Pocket; What’s Your News; Planet Cook.
"A fresh and thrilling new look at musical theatre" ★★★★★
'a heart-warming theatrical treat' ★★★★
'poignant performances that are truly goose-bump inducing' ★★★★
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WHAT’S HOT – Week Begining 8th September 2014 | The Public Reviews
Saw Midsummer Songs last Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it, so very different and refreshing, the cast were excellant, the music stayed with me all the way home. Please let us know if they ever decide to put the music on a cd - would be first to buy it. Thank you for a very entertaining show.
What a great nights entertainment! Fabulous songs and acting performed by very skilled musicians. Do not miss this one!