20 January 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John and Jodie Kidd (Yarico Productions) presents
Yarico – The Musical
February 17 – March 14 2015
Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
London Theatre Workshop, 65 New Kings Road, above the Eel Brook Public House, London, SW6 4SG
YARICO Productions is presenting the world premiere of a new musical at Fulham’s new bijou theatre, London Theatre Workshop. Billed as a love story that changed the course of history, Yarico runs from Tuesday, February 17 to Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Directed by Trestle Artistic Director Emily Gray, with music by James McConnell, lyrics by Paul Leigh and book by Carl Miller, Yarico is a powerful, epic musical about forbidden love, betrayal and redemption, and is based on a true story that fired the world’s imagination and contributed to the social movement against the slave trade.
Yarico, an Amerindian beauty, is a young woman with great dreams and a fierce, independent spirit. When Inkle, the third son of a British merchant is shipwrecked on her island, he faces certain death at the hands of the islanders. In a courageous act, Yarico intervenes and saves him from his fate, marking the beginning of an extraordinary love story, which ultimately takes them to the island of Barbados.
The story of Yarico was first recorded by Richard Ligon in his book, True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados, published in 1657. On hearing her story, Ligon wrote: “And so poor Yarico for her love, lost her liberty.”
Bringing the story of Yarico to the stage has been a 10-year labour of love for producers John Kidd and his daughter Jodie, the model and UK TV presenter, who both have strong connections to Barbados, where they have a family home.
In a move to bring this forgotten story to a modern audience, John and Jodie have commissioned Yarico, which is based on the known facts of the original story.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/yaricothemusical.
Tickets: £22, £18 concessions – available from the box office online at londontheatreworkshop.co.uk/.
NB: Press nights are 19/20 February
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NOTES FOR EDITOR
About Yarico Creative Team:
Emily Gray (Director) Emily studied directing at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, having graduated from Cambridge University, prior to embarking on a career of directing musicals, opera, new plays and devised work nationally and internationally. Her expertise lies in developing new work and movement direction. Emily is presently the Artistic Director of Trestle Theatre, a mask and physical theatre company, and she has held roles as Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company Glasgow and Associate Director at Unicorn Theatre London. In 1996 she won a Channel 4 Bursary and became Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse. Her productions include The Birthday of the Infanta, The Glass Mountain, Lola:The Life of Lola Montez, Little India (Trestle international tours); Love Like Salt (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Great Expectations (Unicorn UK tour), Alice In Wonderland and Pinocchio (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Les Miserables (City Hall Bermuda), Cosi Fan Tutti (Corn Exchange, Newbury); The World Goes ‘Round and The Sound of Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Associate Director); West Side Story (No 1 Tour Director).
James McConnell (music) won the 1987 Vivian Ellis Prize for young writers for the musical stage (with Kit Hesketh Harvey) for his first musical, Orlando. Since then, he has written extensively for the theatre, including the musicals Killing Rasputin (Bridewell Theatre), The Canterville Ghost (Britten Theatre), Inkle and Yarico in Concert (Edinburgh Festival, Crampton Theatre, Washington DC), Doctor Livingstone, I Presume… (Riverside Studios) and New Edna, The Millennial Musical(UK tour and West End) starring Dame Edna Everage. He has also composed the scores for over 100 television documentaries and dramas and two feature films.
Paul Leigh (lyrics) studied under Stephen Sondheim in Oxford in 1990. His other work includes with George Stiles, Moll Flanders (numerous UK productions, including Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Royal York; winner of Best Musical, Regional Theatre Awards, for York production), Tom Jones (Theatre Royal York);The Three Musketeers (major prize at the first Musical of the Year competition in Aarhus; European premiere, St Gallen, 1999; US premiere, San Jose, 2001; subsequent productions in Boston, Chicago, and the Rose Theatre, Kingston); with James McConnell, Inkle and Yarico in Concert (Holders Season, Barbados; 1999 Edinburgh Festival) and Dr Livingstone, I Presume… (Riverside Studios). Leigh is a founder member of Mercury Musical Developments.
Carl Miller (book) adapted Erich Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives for the National Theatre last Christmas. His mini-opera Precipitation with music by Helen Chadwick was part of this summer’s Tête-à-Tête festival, and his adaptation of Keith Gray’s Ostrich Boys opens at the National Theatre Company of Korea in Seoul this November. Miller has worked at theatres across the country, including the Royal Court, Birmingham Rep and the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. At Bury St Edmunds, he advised on the exploration of the Georgian theatre repertoire – which is where he first came across Colman and Arnold’s 1787 version of Inkle and Yarico.
About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle has been making and touring inspirational physical storytelling theatre since 1981. The company has developed a distinctive style of theatre, initially using masks, puppets and music, and more recently incorporating text and internationally influenced movement styles. Trestle is an internationally renowned provider of participation projects and training and operates from Trestle Arts Base in St Albans.
Yarico Education Programme
To accompany the performance and this years Black History month celebration’s Trestle will be launching an educational workshop, exploring themes and techniques from the show.
*Further information will be available on the website soon, if you are interested in booking a Yarico workshop please call 01727 850 950 or click here to email the office.
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