New musical to be workshopped in Birmingham

Published: 26 January 2024
Reporter: Steve Orme

Jack Godfrey and Ellie Coote, writers of This Is a Love Story

Birmingham Hippodrome is inviting audiences to take an early look at a new musical theatre production in workshop performances of This Is a Love Story.

Telling the story of the romantic relationship between characters Earth and Humanity, This Is a Love Story features “a high-energy pop soundtrack and a razor-sharp script”. With music and lyrics by Jack Godfrey and book and additional lyrics by Ellie Coote, This Is a Love Story “brings fresh attention to the climate crisis”.

It is part of the Hippodrome’s commitment to developing and sharing new work with audiences. It will be the first public workshop produced by the organisation’s new musical theatre department.

Deirdre O’Halloran, head of new musical theatre at Birmingham Hippodrome, said, “workshop performances are a chance for audiences to discover new talent and play their part in developing a new musical theatre show. We have ambitions to expand our department’s work throughout 2024 and This Is a Love Story is a wonderful way to introduce our work to the public.”

Associate producer Vicky Graham added, “This Is a Love Story has been a labour of love since the pandemic. After early workshops and a concert performance at Dundee Rep in 2021, it’s now in the final stages of development. We’ll be trying out some early ideas for costume, choreography and staging.”

This Is a Love Story can be seen in the Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 February.

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