A rock opera about manly men, manly women, manly babies, duelling with handbags, wrestling with dinosaurs, and a vengeful hairless barber.

Project aim

A rock opera about manly men, manly women, manly babies, duelling with handbags, wrestling with dinosaurs, and a vengeful hairless barber.

About the project

Welcome to the kingdom of Man-chest-hair, the manliest land in the world. The men are manly, the women are really manly, and the manliest of all are the babies who are six feet tall and like to wrestle velociraptors. Everyone in Man-chest-hair has a moustache, and the most popular pastime is duelling with handbags, the manliest of all weapons. Lord Roderick Bunch, a benevolent despot, sits upon a throne of handbags of those he has vanquished. Then one day a mysterious, hairless barber comes to town, his shiny head seething with intrigue, vengeance and doom!

Flushed with the successful completion of my first solo play ‘The Secret History of Cake’, with my next project I am raising my sights to something much grander.  My new show will be a surreal extravaganza in the great tradition of off-beat British burlesque such as ‘Tommy’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.  As before, comedy will be a key element in my show, but this time there will be the added dimension of song. Music and lyrics will be written in collaboration with artists with whom I am currently in negotiations.

I am in the midst of exploring various avenues for funding, including my second bid to Arts Council England, having already secured funding from them for my first play.  To give me the best chance possible of winning my next funding bid, I will need to raise as much as I can in match funding.  The more I can raise, the better my chances of securing my next ACE grant.

So if you would like to see a full throated musical pageant that not only entertains but also dares to explore dark themes such as revenge, murder and moustache envy then this is the project for you, and your backing would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

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