Shrewsbury School is visiting the Edinburgh Fringe this year – for the fourth year in a row – with yet another musical specially written by John Moore with lyrics by Peter Fanning. This summer Shakespeare’s ravishing comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ has been transformed into music and song.
This is a huge undertaking for all pupils and staff involved, not least because it is in the middle of the summer holidays and almost 10 months after the last performance. The preceding week will involve some frantic rehearsals here, culminating in one final chance to see this brilliant production at the Ashton Theatre before a fleet of minibuses depart for Edinburgh.
We shall be performing at the Adam House, ‘C’ venues, in Chambers Street (a short walk from the Royal Mile and a hundred yards from the Greyfriars Bobby (venue 34)) from 15th to 20th August daily at 12.25 p.m. (Tickets £6.50-£9.50 – Tel. 0131 226 0000)
‘A journey, storm and shipwreck. A loving sister and brother separated on a hostile shore. A dead father - a melancholy Duke – lost love, unrequited love – joy and hope restored.’
‘A tumultuous opening ship-wreck challenges audiences to grasp for a life-boat or a piece of floating mast until the chaos abates and we are left on the moon-blanched beach, with the storm-tossed Viola searching for order…
‘With its deft, light touch... this brilliant piece of musical theatre...both echoes and recreates the original work, leading us into a world which we know and, delightfully, do not know.’ – Review: Shropshire Star.
If you are planning to visit Edinburgh in August, we should, as always, be delighted to see you.
Please also see Des Hann's review of What You Will.