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As 1933 draws to a close, Laurence and Wilfred find themselves absorbed in a whirlwind of fabulously indulgent evenings across London’s West End with their fellow queer friends. But although their hidden world seems surprisingly free and easy, how long can it last?

 

IS HE MUSICAL? is an intimate, joyous musical comedy inspired by the true stories of the queer friends who loved, lived and partied across 1930s London. 

The musical will premiere in a digital production performed live at the University of Wolverhampton before transferring to Curve, Leicester for two performances as part of DMU Pride. In addition to the shows, an immersive digital space will curate and collect historical & creative responses to both the musical and the rich history surrounding the show. A series of Q+As and workshops will also be hosted for free by the artists behind the musical. The show makes a final stop at The Other Palace for a semi-staged concert production.

 

Cast

Laurence: Barry O'Reilly (he/him) 

Wilfred: Teddy Hinde (they/them)

Creative Team

Composer/Writer: Jude Taylor (he/him)

Director: Matt Powell (they/he/she)

Musical Director: Francesca Fenech (she/her)

Set and Costume Designer: Ana Webb-Sanchez (she/her)

Movement Director: Ryan Wiggins (he/him)

Artwork: Ashley Goh (they/she)

Arrangements/Music Supervisor: George Strickland (he/him)

Dramaturgy: Sarah K. Whitfield (she/her)

Production

Producers: Matt Powell & Jude Taylor for MPTheatricals

Supported by Arts Council England

Livestream Tickets & On Demand

Price: £12.00 (including booking fee)

You also have the option to purchase a Solidarity Ticket which will be offered to LGBTQ+ Youth or those experiencing financial hardship.

Curve Tickets

Tickets are now available at 

https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/dmu-pride-is-he-musical/

Price: £10.00

The Other Palace Tickets

Tickets are now at

https://theotherpalace.co.uk/is-he-musical/

Price: £15.00

Production Journey

The musical was commissioned by MPTheatricals in February 2021 after Taylor’s contribution to QUEERME: a new writing night. Since then, the musical has received ongoing development with director Matt Powell on a weekly basis. In April, the musical had a virtual reading staring Josh Barnett and Jonathan O'Neill.

In June, the musical was workshopped at Curve Theatre for two days with Josh Barnett, Jonathan O'Neill & Francesca Fenech (Musical Director). The musical was also showcased at The Lowry, Salford Quays as part of REWRITES, featuring Teddy Hinde and Jonathan O'Neill.

The musical was programmed as part of VAULT Festival 2022 which was sadly cancelled in January 2022. The musical's premiere has now been reprogrammed as a livestream at the University of Wolverhampton, a fully staged production at Curve, Leicester and a concert at The Other Palace.

 

"DIDN'T WE HAVE SOME WONDERFUL TIMES": An Immersive Collection

IS HE MUSICAL is inspired by a rich array of documentaries, articles and archives shining light on this rich and often forgotten era of history. To celebrate this and dive deeper into the era, we're thrilled to present "Didn't We Have Some Wonderful Times?": a immersive creative and historical digital programme packed with events, performances and stories including:

Full details will be revealed over the coming weeks- stay tuned for full information!

 
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