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Drama (Contemporary)

'Emerald' - a gorgeous Irish-American musical

Emerald

by Chris Burgess and Denise Wright

Winner : S&S Award 2012
Principals
: 4m, 4f   Support : 4m, 5f

Grace abandons her life in Manhattan and moves to the secluded seaside town of Ennismuck in the West of Ireland. However, as soon as she arrives she clashes with a mining corporation buying up properties and decimating the land. Grace campaigns to save Ennismuck, and starts a prickly relationship with truculent local artist, Mulcahy. Both ventures prove to be perilous. But Grace manages to topple the mining company's monopoly, and, eventually, thaw Mulcahy’s frozen heart. By the end of the story she has arrived at a place she can truly call home. ‘Emerald’ is about the search for home. An ambitious large-scale show, it has an ensemble that could consist of an entire Irish village. It is set in the present day, but in the backwaters of Ireland, so although it is contemporary it has strong links with an ancient past. The Irish-American score is lyrical and passionately rhythmic.

This musical has been through a number of development stages in Seattle, Los Angeles and London (twice). The book and score are well-honed, and it is now looking for a sympathetic producer.

'Hooked' - a hard-hitting musical

Hooked

by Max Kinnings, Matthew James and Nick Hale

Principals : 2m, 2f   Support : 2f
This hard-hitting story is about a man going off the rails at the mercy of a mass of addictions. Ben is hooked on alcohol, cocaine and sex and it turns his world upside down. Under pressure to be successful from his wife, Emma, Ben throws himself into his work. Working late in media-land he gets drawn into an intoxicating world of thrill-seeking. Stoked up on success, coke, champagne, hookers and hangers-on, he starts to think he's invincible and steadily loses touch with his own identity. In the process, he ruins a business and the lives of the two very different women that have fallen for him.

Currently written as a 60 minute one act production, but much of the two act version has been prepared.

'Lillia' - dramatic musical by Stephanie Jayne Amies about multiple personality disorder

Lillia

by Stephanie Jayne Amies

Nominated : 'Best Music' and 'Best New Musical', Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011
Principals
: 3m, 4f   Support : 2m, 1f, 1m/f

Lillia is an innovative new musical with a dark centre that explores the depths of a rare psychological disorder, its affect on its victim and the impact it has on ordinary lives. It considers the human mind as both a person’s best friend and their worst enemy while constantly blurring the line between fantasy and reality. With its inspired writing and achingly beautiful music, Lillia provides a surprisingly accurate and heartfelt representation of multiple personality disorder that leaves you wondering to what extent you can trust your own mind.

The Fringe production was good, but was necessarily 'bare bones'. Great music, maybe the book needs a tweak or two.