The Princeford Pals is a new musical written by us, Mike Lewis & Simon Pergande. It is actually our second full musical which we started writing in 2006 on the day that our first musical opened at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon, Cambs. (More about that later if you would like to know).
It tells the story of four young lads (Billy, Percy, Bertie and Joe) who join up to fight for their country in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the twentieth century, World War One. The lads come from a charming picturesque fishing village in Devon known as Barracombe Bay, situated some four miles away from the main market town of Princeford. They are soon transported to the muddy (and bloody) fields of the Somme in France where they meet new friends and fight the enemy, as well as encountering love and passion.
The Princeford Pals features twenty five original songs (this is no jukebox musical) which tell the story, along with some dialogue where necessary to help explain what is happening on stage. The show has already had its' initial premiere in Sevenoaks in September 2014 on the main stage of The Stag theatre as part of Sevenoaks Town Council's programme of events to commemorate the start of the First World War. We were "spotted" by a couple of councillors at a charity musical event who loved what they saw and heard and promptly set about organising sponsorship to enable the show to come to life. The show was directed by a well known award winning director (Keith Neville - who will be directing this new production) and not only did we raise several hundred pounds which we donated to the Royal British Legion but we also recieved a wonderful accolade in the form of an award for "Musical Excellence" by NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association of Great Britian). Not bad for a couple of new kids on the block - we only joined NODA a few months before the production. Oh and we are not actually "kids"....quite a bit older actually!
To save cost (and because we don't actually have a written score yet - we are working on it!), the cast are accompanied by pre-recorded backing tracks which we have prepared ourselves. This works very well because it enables the cast to rehearse with the music that they will actually be performing to in the live performances.
Our plan is for the show to be performed again in November 2016 and we have held preliminary discussions with the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone which we consider a suitable location. We didn't want to run it again in Sevenoaks as we need to appeal to a wider audience. The show will be produced through our own production company, Tuesday Nite Productions Ltd (www.tuesdayniteproductions.webs.com) and we have also recently lodged an application with The Arts Council for funding.
We hope that you will find this information helpful and would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for reading this.
Mike & Simon