Rehearsals are well underway for the Barn Theatre’s much-anticipated, actor-musician revival of Stiles & Drewe’s 1984 family musical Just So. As part of his preparations, director Kirk Jameson paid a visit to legendary lyricist Anthony Drewe. Watch below – and then get booking!
After the enormous success of inaugural production The Secret Garden, the Barn presents another much-loved, family musical in a new actor-musician production for its Christmas special. George Stiles and Anthony Drewe‘s Just So, inspired by Rudyard Kipling, runs from 5 December 2018 to 13 January 2019, with a press night on 10 December.
In Just So, five of Kipling’s short stories are woven together into a wondrous tale of personal courage, individuality and friendship. The Eldest Magician is creating all the animals. Everything is Just So until Pau Amma the Crab starts playing with the ocean, which causes the land to flood, putting the other animals in danger. While the rest of the animals accept their sad fate, Elephant’s Child embarks on a journey to challenge and overcome the disobedient crab. Along the way, he meets other creatures and discovers how they came to be the way they are.
A colourful and uplifting show, described as a designer’s dream come true, Just So has a key underlying message: that one determined individual can make a real difference in this world.
Matthew Kelly provides the Voice of Pau Amma The Crab. Lewis Cornay as Elephant’s Child and Molly Lynch as Kolokolo Bird lead the onstage cast of actor-musicians, along with Duncan Drury, Dylan Wynford, Evie Rose Lane, Grant Urquhart, Imogen Halsey, Kiran Patel, Michaela Stern and Rosalind Ford.
Just So is directed by Kirk Jameson with orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, new orchestrations by Nick Barstow, choreography by Joanna Goodwin and set design by Ryan Dawson Laight. John Clancy is associate orchestrator.
Just So runs 5 December 2018 to 13 January 2019 at The Barn, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £22-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
“It’s a celebration of individuality”