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.
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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.