Previous Plays and Musicals
VAN WINKLE - a folk musical
St James Theatre, Friday 17th October, 2014
SimG Productions presented a workshop presentation of the new musical,
VAN WINKLE - a folk musical,
directed & developed by
with arrangements & orchestrations by
Van Winkle is a retelling of Washington Irving's classic tale, Rip Van Winkle.
After 3 years in development, the show has been adapted into a two-act actor/musician show, featuring a cast of nine actor/musicians playing traditional American folk instruments (including guitar, violin, musical saw, blow jug and harmonica), and starred West End actors
Sandy Grigelis, Jennifer Hepburn, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Aidan Kelly, Katrina Kleve, Jane Milligan, Matt Rutherford, Jos Slovick
as Van Winkle.
The workshop was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
In 2014: the concept recording was named among the ‘20 new musical theatre recordings to look for’ by Broadway Direct UK, and nominated for the Broadway World Award for ‘Best Concept Album’. The show won a place in the From Page To Stage showcase, and was a ‘highly-commended’ finalist in The S&S Award for ‘best un-produced new musical of the year’, where reviews included:
"Van Winkle is a beguiling show with an appeal to all generations."
Musical Theatre Review
"This piece brimmed with invention and originality..."
"I really loved this show - I would love to see this produced on a big scale."
Stiles & Drewe’s ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!
St James Theatre, Friday 25th July, 2014
SimG Productions presented a workshop presentation of the new musical revue where
‘Anything Can Happen!’
. Specifically created by director
to celebrate the diverse repertoire of the Olivier award-winning British writing team
Featuring song medleys from their hit shows spanning 30 years of their writing partnership; songs that deal with growing up, unrequited love, relationships, parenthood, hopes and dreaming big … and even a pig! Carefully selected from their acclaimed musicals including
Just So, Honk!, Peter Pan, Betty Blue Eyes, Soho Cinders
, additional songs written for
, plus stand alone material, new work, and songs that “got away”. The revue also chronicles the history of ‘Stiles & Drewe’; told through narration and song, chronologically in reverse, so we finish with two fresh-faced 21 year olds meeting over the photocopier at Exeter University!
With musical direction and arrangements by
, accompanied by John Gregson (guitar), Jake Newman (electric bass), and starred
(My Fair Lady BBC Prom),
(We Will Rock You).
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
"there is a child-like wholesomeness to their work … numbers that were originally solo pieces are split between two performers, each singer’s own characteristics bringing out their own nuance to Drewe’s carefully crafted lyrics … Daniel Boys, delivering a fearsome Captain Hook … James Gillan powerfully reprises his role as Pan to deliver a rousing finale to the first half … ‘Carrying a Torch’ sung with great tenderness by Beechey … future performances should be unmissable"
Musical Theatre Review
"Extraordinary … lyrics are excellent … music is catchy and memorable … an absolute delight … fantastic show with amazing performances, band was flawless … thoroughly enjoyed the variety, and the interaction with the audience. Lovely mix of voices"
THE PORK CRUNCH
Pleasance Theatre London, Wednesday 4th May – Sunday 15th May 2011
SimG Productions (with Wighton Street Productions) proudly presented
The Pork Crunch
by first-time playwright
- a fast and funny three-hander that reflects the trials and tribulations of modern day society.
"A 75 minute rollercoaster of drugs, desperation and desire … and the kidnapping of a £3000 fish!"
The UK Premiere played a limited and successful engagement and starred
Mia Austen, Adam Hunter
, and was Directed by
. The production may not have been possible without the generous pledges received through WeFund.com. Thank you to those who helped!
"A theatrical experience you'll never forget … to call this 'funny' would be an understatement … the rapport, history and showmanship between the characters (individually and collectively) was second to none … wonderfully presented … oddly charismatic and funny as hell."
Remote Goat ***** Five Star
"Mia Austen’s timing was impeccable … and Roger Wood performed a moment of physical comedy that had me laughing out loud."