Lucky Petra showcases at BEAM2018
A dramatic, musical voyage for all ages
Lucky Petra is an innovative new work of musical theatre selected to showcase at this year’s BEAM2018, the UK’s largest showcase of new musical theatre writing. Writer Carl Miller and composer Christopher Ash have created an exciting piece of promenade theatre, driven by a travelling band and inspired by the work of August Strindberg’s allegorical play, Lucky Peer’s Travels.
Petra lives in a high rise tower, kept there by her father to protect her from the malign influences of the world. Petra’s eventual escape and journey – both real and psychological – is supported by a band of exiles and migrants as they traverse the post-Brexit landscape of Britain to a wild and anarchic musical accompaniment.
Christopher Ash, composer, said: “The sheer joy and energy of a Balkan brass band music collides with the anarchy of street-punk music to drive the emotional tone and narrative of the play.”
Carl Miller, writer, said: “We wanted to combine our dramatic and musical passions to create bold, popular contemporary theatre for audiences of all ages, connecting the magic of European fairy tales to today’s emerging narratives of displacement; think Peter Pan meets Pan’s Labyrinth.”
Lucy Petra has an extended showcase slot as part of BEAM2018, taking place at London’s Theatre Royal, Stratford East on Friday morning 2 March. Tickets for the whole two day event featuring the most exciting new musicals, are available here: http://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/beam-2018.
Carl Miller and Christopher Ash’s Brontë rock musical Wasted was featured at BEAM2016.
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The Lucky Petra Team
Carl Miller (book and lyrics) wrote Emil and the Detectives for the National Theatre and has worked as a playwright and workshop leader in theatres across Britain and abroad.
Christopher Ash (music) is a founder member of the Olivier Award winning The Showstoppers’ improvised musical team. He has written many musical theatre shows including The Borrowers, and several film scores. He also improvises live electronic soundscapes with The Society of Strange.
Peter Rowe (director) is Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and also writes musicals, including Leader of the Pack and 20th Century Boy which have had national tours.
Cecily O’Neill (dramaturg) is a world authority on process drama and adapter of classic stories for the stage including Drinking with Dorothy and Meeting Miss Austen.
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