As we mark #Armistice100 it seems right that Benjamin Till’s award-winning musical Brass should return to remind us, as if we need any reminding, of the terrible price paid by communities during World War I.
There’s a neat symmetry to the life of Brass the Musical thus far. Originally commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, its professional London premiere now marks the Armistice Centenary.
Two years after its premiere in Leeds, the National Youth Music Theatre’s production of Brass arrives at the capital’s Hackney Empire. And yet again, under the aegis of this remarkable organisation, the quality of acting, song and music is magnificent.
What happens when you create an experiment, with a set of scientists to try to make a winning formulaic musical, all by a computer? Well, the outcome of this experiment is Beyond The Fence