The Unblinding is a new Graphic Novel/Musical by Sarah Henley, James Fox and Rupert Smisson. It tells the story of Eden, a young boy from Peckham whose skin lights up and when it does, he can see time and the creatures that weave it. It’s set in a world in chaos; Eden needs to work out how to use his gift to save mankind before it’s too late.
The Unblinding, an entirely new genre – a hybrid of a musical theatre show and a graphic novel, will be released in episodes via a brand new app.
The creative team are currently developing the pilot episode with support from Arts Council England, and on the 13th November they’re sharing a live version of the Pilot, with projected images and a live band and cast. After the Live Pilot the team will work to finalise the app and it will be available for beta testing early next year.
The team have put together an incredible cast for The Pilot.
Sarah Henley, writer and producer says “I’m so excited about the cast we’ve put together for The Unblinding – I think the industry are definitely ready for something a bit different. Additionally releasing the show in episodes via an app will remove the barriers to entry of high ticket prices for theatre and I hope, attract a new, young, diverse audience to musical theatre.”
THE PILOT CAST
Eden – Aki Omoshaybi (Kids in Love, A Moving Image, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
Constance – Wendy Mae Brown (Ghost)
Mekera – Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Vanities)
Eden’s Inner Voice – Lemuel Knights (Ragtime, The Voice, X Factor)
Hope – Seyi Omooba (Ragtime)
Eden’s Inner Voice – Tori Allen-Martin (Hair, Muted)
Sam – Aretha Ayeh (Love me Tender, Barnum, Lady Chatterley’s Lover)
Ryan – Alex Austin (Fury, Yen, Barbarians)
Grettle – Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Vanities)
Jim – Timothy Knightley (The Distance, The Heaven)
Mo – Kieran Vyas (Two Seas, Liberal Guilt)
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Sarah Henley – Book and Concept (Streets, Another Way, Muted)
James Fox – Music (Movin’ Out, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar)
Rupert Smisson – Artwork
Alex Lewer – App Design
Colin Smith – Animation
Timothy O’Hara – Director/Creative Director
Pete Hobbs – Musical Supervision and Production
THE LIVE PILOT
DATE: Sunday 13th November 2016
TIME: 8pm (bar open from 7.30pm)
LOCATION: Eden’s hometown of Peckham.
Theatre Space, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
TIMINGS: The Live Pilot will be presented at 8pm. There will be a short interval at about 8.50pm, followed by a selection of songs from the rest of the series. The entertainment will be over by 9.30pm followed by drinks in the bar.