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King & Country - Creative and Performing Teams

 

Production in May 2014, Brighton

 

Jane Bramwell -  Book and Lyrics

Jane has always written plays and poems, and in her teenage years won two national poetry prizes. Twenty years ago when she met Michael, he persuaded her that she was writing lyrics, and not poems.  In 2001 Michael and Jane used Jane’s poetry as the basis for their first work together, ‘Longer than it takes to say Goodbye’ which ran at the prestigious Fringe Venue ‘The Kings Head’ in Islington,

 

In 2014 Jane wrote the lyrics for ‘King and Country’, a music drama piece about the First World War which ran at the Brighton Fringe Festival and is scheduled to run in Oxford in 2018.

 

‘The Real Lewis Carroll’ had a try out in Petworth and then ran for 21 Performances in Oxford in 2016 to Four star reviews.

Her novel, ‘White Birds’, is due for publication in 2017.  

 

Michael Brand - Composer

Michael’s first musical – ‘Zuleika, with book and lyrics by well-known horror story author Reggie Oliver -   was produced at Oxford Playhouse. He has never recovered from the experience!

 

His musical ‘In the Red’ was premiered with West End stars at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

 

‘Longer than it Takes to say Goodbye’, a two-hander, with lyrics by Jane Bramwell was premiered at the Drill Hall, London and then ran at the King’s Head, Islington and  ‘King and Country’, a music drama piece about the First World War which ran at the Brighton Fringe Festival and is scheduled to run in Oxford in 2018.

 

‘The Real Lewis Carroll’ had a try - out in Petworth, England and then ran for 21 Performances in Oxford in 2016 to Four star reviews.

 

His latest work – ‘The Alan Turing Passion’ – a music drama about the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of the inventor of the modern computer,  is scheduled for performances in Brighton, Oxford and London in 2017.

 

CAST

 

The Rokeby Family and Household:

 

Helen Rokeby, younger daughter, fiancée of Christopher Talland :

CAITLIN DOWNIE , Soprano

 

Margaret Rokeby, elder daughter. Married to Captain Frank Iredale :

GEMMA MORSLEY, Mezzo-Soprano

 

Christopher Talland ,undergraduate, Helen Rokeby’s fiance, friend of Stephen Rokeby:

RUARIDH CADDELL, Tenor

 

Stephen Rokeby,son, A cleric :

JOSH CAPPER, Baritone  

 

Captain Frank Iredale ,married to Margaret:

ALLAN SCOTT- DOUGLAS, Tenor (also Chorus)

 

Lionel Dakin, the Butler:

TOM MURPHY, Baritone  

 

Col. Rokeby, a  widowed army officer  and Dakin

 

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CHORUS – The Village and the families who live there including soldiers and wives of the Royal Sussex Regiment are played by :

 

LOUISA BARRY

NATALIE KHOSHNEVIS

VIKKI LYONS

JAMES LEEMAN

ANEURIN PASCOE

 

Director David Kettle

 

Musical Director Andrew Morrison