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Snow Queen

Listen! Once there was a wicked demon who made a great mirror of magic that shattered into a thousand pieces. Once upon a time there were two best friends, little Gerda and Kay who got a splinter in his eye and turned his heart to ice. The Snow Queen entices him and flies him far away to her Snow Kingdom. Can Gerda rescue Kay? Will it end happily ever after? Join their spellbinding adventures in this enchanting family entertainment.

The production has an exciting cutting edge, bringing together the best of music theatre, circus and live media. The show explodes in a riot of colour – which even features the Northern lights – comedy, spills and thrills as Gerda rescues Kay from the clutches of the extraordinary Snow Queen.

This new musical brings together an established musical team (Chris Eaton and Sue Pomeroy) to create an uplifting, stunning show which is pure family entertainment. The classic pop of top pop composer Chris Eaton (Cliff Richard’s No 1 hit single, Saviour’s Day) combines with the beauty of the original story in Sue Pomeroy’s imaginative adaptation. Fabulous music ranges from hit ballads Fly Away with Me and Velvet Rose to the reggae inspired Coming Home and Rudi the Dudi and the stunning show stopping anthem, Love never forgets.

The characters are alive and fresh; the Snow Queen is seductive and sinister: little Gerda is a gutsy, down to earth heroine: Kay is her best friend on the threshold of turning into a difficult teenager. Hans Anderson’s classic tale is just bursting with wonderful characters here given a bright new edge – meet Rudi the Dudi, the coolest Reindeer in town. Not to forget Geezah the Crow, (the nearest avian to Michael Caine in musical theatre) and the chart bopping Gremlin Band.

The Producers have a track record of imaginative and delightful adaptations of the classics, and have established a reputation for high quality productions with the strongest educational and community component.

Visually stunning with a star cast this is a fantastic treat. This inspiring musical is a testament to the enduring power of love, touching the hearts and minds of all children from four to eighty four. Don’t miss it.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON – Author of original story
(April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children’s stories, which have become world classics, including Thumbelina, the Match Girl, The Little Mermaid, the Tin Soldier and many others. He is acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages and made him one of the best read children’s authors of all time. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

SUE POMEROY – Writer/Director/Producer
Sue Pomeroy has had an extensive career in professional theatre ranging from Artistic Director at the Croydon Warehouse Theatre (a renowned new writing theatre) to Associate Director at the National Theatre. She has directed and produced the majority of Good Company’s productions including I, Bertolt Brecht (which she also wrote), Pride and Prejudice and Song of a Bluefoot Man which she co-wrote with James Berry. Her international work includes seasons as Resident Director with the Berliner Ensemble and productions in India and Germany.

CHRIS EATON – Composer/Arranger
Chris Eaton has a major career in the rock and pop worlds on both sides of the Atlantic. He has written many hit songs for artists like Janet Jackson ( Hold back the Tears), Amy Grant (Little Town) Sheena Easton (All I ask), Michael Ball ( All or Nothing) as well as a number one ( Saviour’s Day ) and several Top 10 hits for Sir Cliff Richard, over a twenty five year association with Cliff. Based in the Midlands he is a leading figure on the Nashville music scene as a recording artist and song writer.

SIMON SLATER – Musical Director and Supervisor
Simon has starred in the ABBA phenomenon Mama Mia! and written, recorded and MD’d on over 70 theatre productions for work by writers as varied as Shakespeare, Michael Frayn, Noel Coward and Tom Stoppard at the Young Vic, Tricycle Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, Edinburgh Festival, Bristol Old Vic, Salisbury Playhouse, The Warehouse Theatre Croydon and many top theatres. He created original music for RSC’s Henry V. Film and TV work includes commissions such as Dalziel & Pasco.





Paul

A contemporary ground breaking musical with a powerful, dramatic story and outstanding accessible music which thrills and entertains

PAUL – Strange Kind of Hero is a moving and exhilarating experience that captivates audiences with its inspiring storyline, memorable music and spectacular staging and offers all the hallmarks of a major musical success in the tradition of other universal biblically based smash hit shows such as Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.

PAUL is a musical about change – the transformation of a fanatical murderer who became a saint – a great story of love overcoming hate. Saul is ruthless in his drive to succeed, an extremist who allies himself to the power of Rome. He relentlessly marches against his enemies – until he sees the light on the road to Damascus. This life changing experience remains immediately resonant to audiences everywhere. Saul’s path led him to a collision with destiny on a lonely road. That man became Paul. PAUL is thought provoking and liberating as it celebrates the overcoming of violence and prejudice.

The production was originally developed and performed in the heart of Belfast in promenade in a huge warehouse as part of the peace process. PAUL is a high quality, professional show that also embraces the participation of young people in community choirs and as performers. In Belfast that meant working across the sectarian divide with Catholic and Protestant young people and adults. It was an experience none of us who were part of it will ever forget.

The show has also memorably performed in the Big Top tent at Cheltenham Racecourse as part of Greenbelt Festival, in London’s most dynamic space, the Roundhouse and at major No.1 theatres including Bradford Alhambra and Nottingham Theatre Royal. The producers have been careful to ensure that this thrilling musical is also great entertainment with captivating accessible music. It had a successful run at Brighton Festival at the spectacular venue of St Bartholomews, where Three Weeks Festival Magazine gave it 5/5 rating ” A brilliant show – go and see it” The review reads “Good Company dazzled audiences in this incredible performance space…Paul provides an evening of visual and musical enlightenment and keeps us engaged throughout….”

“I have rarely seen such a moving, exciting and committed performance by any company…This was a performance that will stay in my memory for as long as I live.”
– Brian Dury, Brighton audience member

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