Shorts (1999)

 

Prepare to enter a bewitching, hilarious, tragic, enthralling world of theatrical and musical storytelling:

A woman cheats on two men…

 

Two trainspotters brush with the spirit of Anna Karenina…

 

7,000 dogs join the first world war army, with heart-rendingly farcical results…

 

A bereaved couple regain their lost son – or do they?…

 

A dung-beetle falls in and out of love with a caterpillar, then feeds her to a spider…

 

One minute you’ll be laughing, the next close to tears. Recently performed to packed houses and rave reviews in London, a night out at the theatre will never seem the same again.

 

‘Did I miss the trappings of grand opera? The costumes? The sets? The stars? Did I hell! Go, please go. This is where the real music making is happening’

Independent on Sunday

 

‘…the look and feel of the whole production is fresh and exciting. With strong direction by Bill Bankes-Jones and committed acting, Shorts is both excellently performed and a real antidote to red plush.’

Times Literary Supplement

 

‘…bracing …inventive …an engrossing evening’

Observer

 

‘Ingenious, touching and funny’

Spectator

 

Music:

 

Des Oliver

Julian Grant

Gary Carpenter

Elfyn Jones

David Bruce

Rachel Leach

 


Words:

 

Meredith Oakes

Christina Jones

Simon Nicholson

Toby Satterthwaite

Bill Bankes-Jones

Director: Bill Bankes Jones

Music Director: Orlando Jopling

Designer: Tim Meacock

Lighting: Mark Doubleday

 

Singers:

 

Natalie Raybould

Stephen Wallace

Daniel Norman

D’Arcy Bleiker

Instrumentalists:

Matthew Hunt

Ian Watson

Julian Warburton

Lucy Shaw