2019 saw the development and performance of our second major musical: The Order of Love, with book and music by Richard Lamming and John Bessant. Two years in the making, it was premiered in Devon in October to four sell-out houses, by the Bishopsteignton Players, directed by John Patton. It is a modern day, sci-fi take on Mozart’s 1791 masterpiece The Magic Flute. Featuring a cast of twenty, a seven-piece orchestra, a fast-moving script and thirty original songs, the show lasts two hours. Audiences loved it!
We are now in the process of developing the score, script and orchestrated backing tracks, for release later this year. Watch this space!
Meanwhile in the UAE …
Our friends in Dubai were once again on great form.
Lollipop Theatre toured two major shows with our new songs and music: The Ugly Duckling and Puss in Boots.
Visiting schools around the Gulf region, these shows are seen by over twelve thousand children!
We were able to visit Lollipop in December and work with the cast on Puss in Boots.
Lollipop’s show are lively re-interpretations of well know stories. Not only pantomimes, though; last year they also performed J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, directed by Patrick Sandford.
Our picture shows Conor Nolan as the indefatigable Puss in Boots
Also in Dubai, the wonderful Magic Phil was once again busy singing our songs (as well as being a big star of stage, screen and radio!)
His glittering Christmas panto, Trouble in the Willows, was a fantastic show with some of our best songs ever.
Richard was able to work pre-show with the cast in Dubai as Musical Director: terrific fun!
Here we see him with Stage Manager Jean Warren joining the cast to try out Magic Phil’s new car.
Lollipop and Magic Phil are both planning shows for this Christmas, lock-down permitting, so we are once again very busy here at Pantomime Songs.
Back in the UK, Sam Bradshaw Productions again toured Santa’s Elves and the Shoemaker, with a smashing new cast (and the return of the brilliant Holly Masters ). This is a great show (by Ian Billings) that we hope will run for several seasons.
And along the way, our songs continue to sell to pantomime companies around the world (from Australia to Canada).
We’ll be adding a load more in the coming months, ready for the return to pantomime next year!
All in all, 2019 was non-stop activity. We are busy this year too … but that’s the next story.