Women of the Front reignite the Fringe
After delighting audiences at Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, Music Box Theatre bring their re-mastered, unique brand of folk-inspired musical theatre down to London this May. Set in the First World War, Poppies shines a light on the women who risked their lives to bring music and drama to the battle-scarred men of the front lines.
With original music from Laura Kaye Thomson (Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize finalist 2015) and book and lyrics by Lizzie Bourne and Thomson, Poppies takes its inspiration from the true story of Lena Ashwell and her concert parties for troops at the Front.
Poppies previewed at Edinburgh Fringe in the summer of 2015, receiving critical acclaim and raising money for Poppy Scotland. Since then, the show has undergone further development, and makes its mark on the London Fringe with a brand new director and cast. This year the production will be raising money for Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle.
Book & Lyrics: Lizzie Bourne & Laura Kaye Thomson Music: Laura Kaye Thomson
Directed by Alanna Stone
Choreography by Roman Berry
Designed by Marcio Santarosa
Cast: Niccolò Curradi, Arabella Gibbins, Emily Owens, Alexander Pardey, Paul Rich, Bronte Tadman & Laura Kaye Thomson
Niccolò Curradi (The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, Jermyn Street Theatre)
Arabella Gibbins (Parallel, Harrogate Theatre)
Emily Owens (Henry V, Union Theatre)
Alexander Pardey (Penetrator, Hope Theatre)
Paul Rich (La Boheme, Soho Theatre)
Bronte Tadman (Call the Midwife, BBC)
Laura Kaye Thomson (Bi, Rich Mix)
Place: The Space, 269 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3RS
17th-28th May 2016 (Excluding Sundays and Mondays)
Running time: 140 mins including interval
Ticket prices: £10- £12
Booking link: https://space.org.uk/event/poppies/