My first venture into the world of music-theatre was in 1988 with a commission to co-write (and perform in) 'O'er The Hills' - the story of Northumbrian piper Jamie Allan. This piece also featured Kathryn Tickell and was the beginning of an ongoing association not only with Kathryn but with music-theatre.
I perform with the T.N.T. Theatre Company, which enjoyed tremendous success in Leningrad (at The Comedy Theatre) and Munich (at the Biennale Festival) in April 1990. One of their exciting music-theatre pieces 'The Wizard of Jazz' - received great critical acclaim at the 1992 Tokyo International Theatre Festival with further performances as part of the Stuttgart International Garden Festival during 1993 and a successful ten week German tour in 1994.
August of that same year saw a performance with Ecoh, an Edinburgh based group, in a multi-media performance for NHK-TV in Osaka, Japan, drawing attention to the plight of the world's rainforests.
1995 brought a commission to co-write, and perform, the music for an extensive European tour in 1996 of 'Moby Dick' with the American Drama Group Europe. This piece was subsequently performed in Volos, Greece, for a major international music-theatre festival and symposium in September 1996, and will be re-staged in Seoul, Korea, in 1999.
As a result of the success of 'Moby Dick' I was commissioned to write the music for an ADG production of 'Lord of the Flies' (with an all girl cast!) which toured Europe to great acclaim.
The project for 1997 was Oscar Wilde's 'The Canterville Ghost', subsequently re-toured in 1998, due to its fantastic success in Germany,France, Hong Kong and Japan, followed quickly by Huxley's 'Brave New World'. My music for this might be described as 'Techno meets Glenn Miller'! This will tour again from January 2008.
In May 2000 'Moby Dick' toured again in Athens (Megaron), Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein as well as the Highlands of Scotland.
The project for September 2000 was a new music-theatre version of 'Macbeth' which played to packed houses in Japan, America (Atlanta) as well as all the usual venues in Germany and France.This show toured again for three months from January 28th 2001.
The 2001 music-theatre project was 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' which began touring Germany from October 2001. There are plans to recreate this version in China as a co-production with a Chinese cast in 2008.
From May 2002, first in Japan then in Castles all over Germany and Holland, Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' toured featuring Paul's music as part prerecorded and part live - three of the actors play violin! Great!
2003 saw a production of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' followed in 2004 by Miller's 'The Crucible'. Yes, we even managed to make a successful music-theatre piece featuring musical Puritans!
2005 brought a rerun of 'Lord of the Flies', which has just finished touring Germany, Poland, Spain and Slovenia, as well as a short restaging of 'Macbeth' - this time in Japan, Thailand and, especially exciting, Shanghai, China.
The 2006 production featuring Paul's music was Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' which could be seen in France, Germany and Poland. This toured again in January 2007 along with a new production, 'Fahrenheit 451'. 'Macbeth' also did a short re-run from January 2007 and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' played at the Peking Theatre Festival in May, followed by two weeks in Japan and the German Castles tour from June 2007.
The new project for 2007 was 'Many Voices' which began touring Germany in March and will run again in 2008 and 2009.
2008 sees a re-run of Oscar Wilde's 'The Canterville Ghost' more or less 10 years after the original ADGE production, as well as a new commission to write the music for 'Harold & Maude' also touring from January 2008. Due to the popularity of 'Fahrenheit 451' this will also be touring from January 2008. 'Canterville' will tour again in Slovenia, Poland and Japan in the Autumn of 2008, and I'm currently working on the music for 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde which will begin touring in Germany from September 2008. More info and touring schedules are available on the ADGE website (newly updated).
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Here are a few examples of my music from the ADGE shows: