A musical adaptation of Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire is to premiere this summer.
The new stage show inspired by the hit documentary series will form part of British Youth Music Theatre’s summer season.
Educating Yorkshire has songs by Adam Howell, book by Paul Hurt and direction by Ellie Jones, playing at the Square Chapel in Halifax 5 – 7 August 2022 with a cast featuring a number of Yorkshire born and bred young performers.
More new musicals in the season are Cabaret Havana (The Mack, Mountview, London, 26 – 27 Aug 2022), an exhilarating new musical filled with captivating Cuban-influenced tunes and inspired by the remarkable true story of Anacaona, the Castro sisters’ legendary Cuban ‘Son’ band; and White Bear Lake (The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 13 – 14 August 2022), a haunting new musical inspired by a Native American tale from Minnesota.
Further new pieces in the season include Angry Salmon (The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth, 20 – 21 August 2022) by BYMT Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer placement 2022 Jordan Paul Clark, about farmed fish getting into trouble in open water; Terra Nova (Theatre Royal, Winchester, 13 – 14 August 2022), the 2022 Dance Connection piece telling the story of Captain Scott’s 1910 Antarctic expedition; and Cabaret Havana, inspired by the remarkable true story of the Castro sisters’ legendary band – talented teenagers who took on the all-male world of Cuban jazz bars and dance halls and found international fame in the 1930s.
Returning for a second year and adapted from well-known literature Why The Whales Came (The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 19 – 20 Aug 2022; The Mack, Mountview Academy, London, 23 – 24 Aug 2022) is an exciting historical adventure from War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo which takes us to the Isles of Scilly in 1914; whilst Breadboy (Lyric Theatre Belfast, 28 – 31 July 2022) explores Tony Macaulay’s much loved second memoir of the same name about life in Belfast in the 1970s, with music by Duke Special and lyrics by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle.
Finally, Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Holroyd Theatre, Oswestry, 27 – 28 Aug 2022) gets a very modern revisiting with digital artistry and looking at the story through a contemporary lens.
For more information and tickets, visit britishyouthmusictheatre.org
Chief Executive and Creative Director Emily Gray said: “Where can you find snow in August, singing salmon and a band of seven sisters? Only at BYMT’s summer season, which is fast approaching.
“We are delighted to be welcoming over 600 young people into our summer programme and we will collaborate with everyone to make 16 relevant and engaging new music theatre shows.
“Six are brand new productions, two are much loved revivals and eight are new climate change musicals, devised at our Summer Camps. I will be travelling across the UK to see as much of the work as I can and hope to meet up with our supporters, partners, parents and friends along the way.”