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BUZZ – New Musical Workshop Performance

Sunday, 23 February, 2020


Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

Students on our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance degree programme have the opportunity to workshop and be a part of the development process for new musicals, working directly with the writers and culminating with a presentation of the work in London at the end of the week. The initiative is led by Course Leader Andrew Wright, working with the support of partner companies Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network and in collaboration with Fat Rascal Theatre. The rehearsal process will take place on Bishop Otter Campus and then the production will move to London’s leading off West End venue, Southwark Playhouse, for a performance of the workshopped material on Sunday 23rd February at 7pm. Buzz, a musical history of the vibrator, was first developed at East 15 as writer Robyn Grant’s final year piece. It went on to win the Stella Wilkie Award and the East 15 New Companies Award, before going to Edinburgh Fringe for a full length run which garnered a sell-out laurel and an Eddies Award. The show then went onto a sold out 4-week London run which was then extended and continued to sell out. The following year, Buzz performed at the Brighton Fringe where extra performances were added, on tour and at Edinburgh again, winning the Otherplace/Balkan Award and the Fairy Powered Best New Writing Award. Seeing the show’s potential, Fat Rascal Theatre decided to put the show back into development to create a full 2-hour plus interval show with writer Robyn Grant, lyricist Daniel Foxx and composer Tim Gilvin. We are delighted to be enabling the research and development of this new British musical.

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Book by Robyn Grant, Lyrics by Daniel Foxx, Music by Tim Gilvin. This workshop performance is facilitated and produced by Andrew Wright at the University of Chichester, working in collaboration with Laura Elmes at Fat Rascal Theatre.

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