Reception - The Musical

by Tony Ereira in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th September 2020 we successfully raised £10,883 with 140 supporters in 41 days

A story of love… loss… breakups... and breakdowns. Everything you’d expect, really, from a musical based on the songs of David Gedge!

by Tony Ereira in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

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A musical based on the songs of David Gedge, Cinerama, and The Wedding Present.

Written and directed by Matt Aston.

Creative consultant - David Gedge.

“I’m interested in the minutiae of relationships. I like to write about what actually happens, rather than some imaginary situation cloaked in metaphor, hence the references to the everyday, though I have been known to decorate the songs with science fiction or comic book references!” - David Gedge, Gigslutz 24/8/15.

‘Reception’ is the story of a group of university friends who keep in touch over two decades of trials, tribulations, and receptions. Their stories are based on and around the songs of David Gedge and the title is inspired by the name of The Wedding Present’s original record label.

The idea of a musical based around David’s songs had been brewing for writer and director Matt Aston (‘Touched’ by Stephen Lowe with Vicky McLure, ‘Bomber’s Moon’ by William Ivory with James Bolam, ‘West End / Oleanna’ by David Mamet with Alistair McGowan) for several years.

When Matt met Tony Ereira (Director of record labels Come Play With Me & Clue Records) - inevitably at a Wedding Present gig - in Leeds, in early 2019, the concept was batted around some more and the idea of the play started to take shape.

“I first saw The Wedding Present in Derby in 1988, so you could say this musical is over 30 years in the making. I’ll always be grateful to my older brother and his mates for taking his little 15 year old brother to his first ever gig. I got a t-shirt, a set of badges and a nose bleed. Not to mention a new favourite band. I've always felt there was something very theatrical about David's songs. The storytelling, the arrangements, the anguish. And, as proven with Cinerama’s re-recording of The Wedding Present’s ‘Valentina’ album, they have the flexibility to be arranged in a number of different, epic, and dramatic ways. Although the show will, of course, still have plenty of fast guitars too!”

Matt and Tony put the idea to David along with an early synopsis for the story and, never one to shy away from a new medium to present his work, David was equally excited to explore the idea further.

With this campaign we are looking to raise initial funding to get a first draft of the script written, some artwork and branding in place and to start preparing for a period of Research & Development in early 2021 to road test our ideas - COVID 19 permitting - with a group of actors/musicians and some brand new material from David.

The intention is to be in a position to premier the musical in Leeds in 2022 - and this campaign is a chance for fans to get involved from the beginning with a bunch of rewards that are all exclusive to this production, including specially commissioned artwork from Lee Thacker (illustrator of David’s autobiography, ‘Tales From The Wedding Present’).

If you’re keen to join us at the start of our journey, we’d really value your support!

Tony, Matt & the ‘Reception’ team.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends

Our eternal thanks for helping us to get the project off the ground!

£30 or more

Nobody's Twisting Your Arm

A specially commissioned 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' poster and an exclusive 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' badge, both from Lee Thacker ('Tales From The Wedding Present' designer)

£50 or more

19 of 250 claimed

All This And More

More gorgeous artwork from Lee Thacker! An A4 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' print from Lee Thacker - Limited to 400 copies with a second scene from the musical + the 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' poster and badge!

£100 or more

51 of 150 claimed

One Day This Will All Be Yours

A signed print featuring 4 comic strip scenes from the musical, designed by Lee Thacker. Signed by David and Lee. Strictly limited to 150 copies + a one-off 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' Gildan heavy t-shirt, only available here as part of this campaign. Also includes the A4 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' print, poster and badge!

£250 or more

6 of 10 claimed

My Favourite Dress Rehearsal

Everything in ‘One Day This Will All Be Yours’ PLUS 6 seats at the final dress rehearsal for the show in Leeds, West Yorkshire (expected Spring 2022) PLUS A copy of the first draft of the script signed by David Gedge & Matt Aston (expected Spring 2021)

£750 or more

1 of 2 claimed


Everything in ‘My Favourite Dress Rehearsal’ PLUS 6 seats at the first ever performance of the show (or a performance of your choice if you prefer, closer to home) PLUS Have a character in the final play named after you!!

£150 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Original artwork for 4 comic strip scenes

The original artworks, designed by Lee Thacker, for the 'One Day This Will All Be Yours' reward! Lee has drawn them onto 4 x A4 prints and these are truly one-offs. The images will form a key piece of our marketing for the musical. Please note: 1. the price is for one image only and there are 4 unique pieces available. 2. these scenes appear in the early synopsis of the script and may/may not feature in the final version!!

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original (poster) Reception artwork by Lee Thacker

This is the original artwork, designed by Lee Thacker, for the 'Reception - The Wedding Present Musical' poster - from the 'Nobody's Twisting Your Arm' and above rewards. It's been drawn onto an A3 print and is a chance to truly own a one-off! The image will form a key piece of our marketing for the musical.

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