A hilarious new verse drama for children from the pen of 6 Music Poet in Residence Murray Lachlan Young.
The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps began its life as a 6000 word epic family poem. After a series of untimely deaths a 7 year old boy inherits his ancestral home – Raddlesham Mumps. He finds himself in a huge empty house with only an ancient butler for company. The butler begins to tell him the bizarre and hilarious deaths of his deeply eccentric ancestors and the story takes flight on darkly comic wings.
The poem is the first part of a ground breaking and innovative multi-media platform project developed across 4 mediums – the book (published by Scotland Street Press in August 2018), an album (with specially written music by Arun Ghosh, due in December 2018), a live show (to launch in April 2019) and an immersive VR experience (also to launch in April 2019).
Written and performed by Murray Lachlan Young. Directed by Nina Hajiyianni. Music by Arun Ghosh Illustrations by Julie Verhoeven. Movement by Laura Williamson Biggs. Photography by Pooch Purtill. Associate Director Scott Hurran. VR animation by MBD.Ltd
(the trailer uses footage from the early research and development weeks in Wivenhoe and Peterborough. The show is being significantly developed from this initial R&D. The show is envisaged for larger studios and/or midscale spaces and will tour with a full set and either a live musician or 2nd performer)
Murray and I have history!
We first worked together under the auspices of Phrased & Confused, and then together with director Paul Jepson we developed two verse dramas The Incomers and Running Stag.
So I’m delighted to be working again with Murray on a new show for families. Murray’s family work mixes dark story telling, poetry, stand-up comedy, music and a touch of panto in long, long tales which make you shudder and laugh out loud. What always drives it is Murray’s passion for enthusing younger audiences with a love of poetry, rhythm and rhyme!
The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps is going to be a brilliantly absurd, raucous, silly, scary, funny poignant and an enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem.
Touring Periods: 12-28 April 2019 and 18th October -9th November 2019 see the attached promotors pack
What We Are Looking For: Venue partners interested in the new show!
Web Links: www.murraylachlanyoung.co.uk
Photos from the early research and development (credit Pooch Purtil)
The Creative Team
Murray Lachlan Young (writer/performer)
Murray Lachlan Young is an award winning, multi disciplinary writer spanning the worlds of poetry, theatre, film, digital, film, music, lyrics and as much live performance as time will allow. He appears regularly on BBC6Music (the stations poet laureate), Radio 4, Radio 2 and on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff/ The Jeremy Vine Show. His recent compilation How Freakin’ Zeitgeist are you has already sold over 5,000 copies (entering the main Amazon UK book chart at number four and becoming a number one best seller in humorous verse and poetry), and he regularly performs to audiences over 15,000 a year. Back in 1996 Murray caused a media storm when he became the first poet to sign a £1m contract (with EMI).
Murray has written for Shakespeare’s Globe, The CERN Institute in Switzerland, MTV, USA. 2015 saw Murray’s co-adaptation of the critically acclaimed Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood movie directed by Kevin Allen and staring Rhys Ifans, listed for Best Foreign Language Oscar
Nina Hajiyianni (Director)
Nina is one of the UK’s leading theatre directors for families and young people. The projects creative producer, Matthew, has a long association with Nina. Together they grew and developed the Unity/ATT christmas show doubling both audiences and revenue as well as significantly increasing the quality of the work. In December 2017 the acclaimed 2016 Christmas show Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf was revived as the Christmas show for Z Arts in Manchester and The Brewery in Kendal before going on a spring tour. Delivering digital wrap around work has long
Nina’s other recent work for ATT includes Adrift (ATT) and the influential Happily Ever After (ATT) – a primary school-age show in which two Princes fall in love and marry. Nina is a former chair, and member of ASSITEJ International and is hugely respected across the industry for her family work.
Arun Ghosh (composer)
Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist and multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator. Awarded ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, he is a renowned innovator of the modern IndoJazz style.
Well regarded as a theatre composer, he has contributed scores and sound design to over one hundred productions (including works for Manchester Royal Exchange, The Globe, NYT, Library Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Bolton Octagon, Belgrade Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unicorn, Stratford Theatre Royal, Polka, Tamasha and Watford Palace) since his debut in 2002; Storm by Lemn Sissay at contact, Manchester. Arun leads his own band, touring nationally and internationally. In association with British Council, he has run international music residencies in Morocco, Kuwait, UAE, Ukraine, Kenya and China. arunghosh.bandcamp.com
Laura Williamson Biggs (Laura)
Laura is a professional performer with over ten years’ experience of choreographing, devising and performing for contemporary art companies.
Laura has worked with Ben Wishaw, Aneil Karia, Nerina Pallot, Deptford Goth, Wave Machines (winner of 2011 MVA for choreography) Stuart Bentley, Secret Cinema, Future Shorts, Sony, Geffen Record, 59 Productions, The Mostly Everything People, UNIT Dance Company and Murray Lachlan Young amongst others.
Scott Hurran (Associate Director)
Scott trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and RADA. He is currently Artistic Associate at Eastern Angles (who are supporting his work on this project), and Associate Artist at the Mercury Theatre. Directing credits include Macbeth by Shakespeare, Brainstorm by Company Three, Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Farrar Theatre), Hidden by Nicola Werenowska (UK Tour), Counting Starts by Atiha Sen Gupta (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe), shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, The House of Bernard Alba (Kings Head Theatre), Three to Four Days (Theatre 503), Immigrant (Theatre Uncut, Young Vic), The Grandfathers National Theatre Connections, Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxford Playhouse) and The Seventh Continent (Prague Quadrennial)