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