Friday 15 February
in the Rehearsal Room at Salisbury Playhouse at 5pm
Brilliant South West artist Bea Roberts will be in residence with us during the festival developing a new piece of work and will be sharing her work-in-progress on Friday 15 February at 5pm.
Wasp Woman: The Musical re-unites writer / composer team Bea Roberts and Jack Drewry who first collaborated on Pins and Needles Productions acclaimed production of Little Mermaid - Winner of Best Show for Children and Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2018.
Based on a 1950s' Sci-fi B-movie, Wasp Woman: the Musical will be a kitsch and irreverent dive into the world of shlocky sci-fi,1950s pop music, female monsters and feminism featuring original music and an all female cast.
The show follows the story of Janice Starlin, the head and face of a cosmetics company who resorts to an experimental royal jelly serum in a desperate bid to save her fading beauty and her company. Initially her plan works and she has success as a revitalised beauty but as she continues to take the serum she begins to transform into a murderous monster - The Wasp Woman.
Book & Lyrics - Bea Roberts
Bea is a west country writer and joint winner of the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting award for her play And Then Come The Nightjars - which also earned her a place as a 2016 Finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her next play, the critically acclaimed Infinity Pool; A Modern Re-telling of Madame Bovary garnered a sell out run at Edinburgh Fringe, a Total Theatre Award nomination and is now under option to Hartswood Films. Bea is also a recipient of the JB Priestley Award from the Royal Literary Fund and won a UK Theatre Award for her adaptation of Little Mermaid, co-devised with Pins and Needles Productions.
Alongside writing Wasp Woman: The Musical, Bea is currently under commission to the National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, the Royal Court in collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Tobacco Factory Theatres.
Composer & Musical Director - Jack Drewry
Jack is a composer, sound designer and collaborative theatre-maker. He is artistic director of Tremolo Theatre and musical director of Closer Each Day the improvised soap opera. Jack is in Bristol bands 4th Project and Clumsy and is a member of Interval, artist collective. He is an associate artist of The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Table Of Delights and The Wardrobe Theatre. Jack is the composer for the new Pins and Needles Productions Christmas show 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and recently joined the Wardrobe Ensemble in a sell out run of 'Star Seekers' at the National Theatre.
Join our Fest West residence at the end of the week for an informal sharing, a chance to catch a work-in-progress extract of hernew show.
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