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Ruby In The DustBy Ruby In The Dust
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Ruby In The DustBy Ruby In The Dust
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TO ALL MUSIC LOVERS, AND THEATRE LOVERS OUT THERE: "DON'T RESIST THE SPELL"

Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is all about the world's most popular pastime - falling in love. But, as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end?

At the invitation of the Arts Theatre in the West End, we are presenting a musical version - set in New Orleans at the turn of the twentieth century, complete with the inimitable sounds of New Orleans: the blues, the jazz and the Voodoo rhythms. To this end, we have managed to secure the approval, and the permission, of Dr. John (the undisputed 'King of New Orleans') to use his songs throughout the show, as well as the likes of Louis Armstrong and Professor Longhair - we've even got Disney's approval to use Randy Newman's Oscar nominated hit song; "Down In New Orleans" (as featured in "The Princess and the Frog"). The show will draw together actors and musicians in this unique take on the story. We intend to use a percentage of our funds to transform the space into a New Orleans jazz club. That way the audience will feel immersed into the action and the atmosphere.

You can make this happen. You can help us realise the dream. Producing a show costs a lot, and because of that we are asking for your help. Although we are a non-profit making company, we cannot rely on box office returns alone to cover all our costs. Particularly with a cast of thirteen and a challenging design concept. Below is a very simplified and basic breakdown of the costs, but as can be seen the biggest cost in any production is the people - also known as the talent. Over half the cost of any production goes to paying for the CAST, not to mention the creative team: musicians, designers, costume, lighting, directors, stage managers, photographers, press... 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: set in the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’, the tale unfolds from the crumbling New Orleans jazz clubs and out into the Louisiana Bayous – bringing to life Shakespeare’s text amidst the dark imagination of the American Deep South. Underscored with the inimitable sound of New Orleans Jazz and Blues, played live by the cast.

It stays faithful to the original text, whilst exploring the rich culture of New Orleans and the surrounding influences of early twentieth century Voodoo. Oberon and Titania are portrayed as “The Night Tripper” and Voodoo Queen respectively, while the ‘Mechanicals’ form one of the earliest New Orleans jazz bands. ‘The play within a play’ evolves into a Mardis Gras style jam session. On Friday and Saturday evenings any musically minded audience members are also invited to bring their instrument to join in an after-show jam session with the cast. 

We have a track record of presenting shows which integrate original music and interpolated music into the text. Most famously we produced “Hutch” at the Riverside Studios in 2013 with the approval and blessing of the Cole Porter Estate for which they granted permission to use several of Cole Porter’s compositions.

“You could hardly have a better subject for a musical” The Times

Our musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby transferred from the King’s Head Theatre to the Riverside Studios before being optioned by a US producer. Since then it has been developed with RSC director Adrian Noble and work shopped with musical theatre names such as Hadley Fraser, Charlotte Wakefield and Caroline Sheen with Chris Walker orchestrating the music.

“Affecting and stylish production” Time Out – Show of the Week

“This musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel grips throughout”

The Telegraph

Our company has garnered a reputation of providing a platform for upcoming talent within the acting profession. The RSC’s Olivia Vinall made her acting debut in our production of "Romeo and Juliet “

"Olivia Vinall is still at drama school, but her Juliet is frankly wonderful. Don’t forget the name”The Times

Likewise, Matthew James Thomas, who went on to star on Broadway in Pippin, made his West End debut in our version of Dorian Gray at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Jack Fox (currently appearing in the West End) and Daisy Bevan both made their stage debut’s with our company, as did Matilda Sturridge. 

“Wildly Atmospheric” The Guardian  

THE TEAM

Linnie Reedman - Director

Joe Evans - Musical Arranger/Producer

Belle Mundi - Designer

Venus Raven - Lighting Design

Ela Schmid - Stage Management

Becka McFadden - Production Manager

Henriette Rietveld - Dramaturg

James Lloyd Pegg - Associate Director

CAST

Jonathan Ajayi

Lowri Amies

Ruari Cannon

Samantha Louise Clark

Matt Jopling

Silvana Maimone

EJ Martin

David Monteith

Lawrence O’Connor

Tristan Pegg

Sid Phoenix

Sarah Ratheram

Matthew Woodyatt

Risks and challenges

Most theatre projects come with a high risk. But these can be overcome with determination, passion and, of course, your support. And, above all, hard work. "Faith can move mountains". But not faith alone. Which is why we invite you to give us the assistance to bring our "Midsummer Night's Dream" to the West End. BE A PART OF IT.
Thank you.

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