5th Jan - 31st January 2015
Company Stage Manager
Paul Taylor Mills & Morphic Graffiti
Batboy The Musical
A strange bat-child is discovered in a dank cave in deepest, darkest West Virginia. For the small community of Hope Falls, the discovery threatens to shake its moral core and the residents turn to the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, in the hope that he will know what to do with the strange creature.
Taken under the wing of Dr Parker’s wife, the boy is taught to live in the ways of the world and adjusts to life in this seemingly normal American family. However, ‘normal’ is merely the cycle on Mrs Parker’s washing machine. Secrets, lies and a mysterious case of dead cows leave our Bat Boy at the mercy of his God-fearing community and the shocking truth that reveals the hidden beast in all of us. Pretty deep stuff for a story about a kid with big ears and the ability to hear high frequencies!
A quirky story with a serious bite, Bat Boy is a delicious twist on the modern day musical comedy. The story was inspired by an article run by the American tabloid The Weekly World News; a paper of fabricated stories that many unsuspecting readers believe to be real (a bit like the British tabloids – without the boobs!)The creation of Bat Boy became an overnight sensation and made him a pop-culture icon alongside the likes of Madonna, Elvis and the Chuckle Brothers!
Bat Boy: The Musical won New York’s Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 2001. It received its UK premiere in 2004 at West Yorkshire Playhouse prior to a West End run at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Bat Boy: The Musical has a story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and arrangements and orchestrations by Laurence O'Keefe and Alex Lacamoire.
It is directed by Luke Fredericks with choreography by Joey McKneely, set and costume design by Stewart Charlesworth and casting by Will Burton CDG.
It is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd. by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger.
Cast & Creatives
BatBoy: Rob Compton
Meredith Parker: Lauren Ward
Dr. Parker: Matthew White
Shelley Parker: Georgina Hagen
Sheriff: Russell Wilcox
Bud/ Daisy/ Mother Nature: Nolan Frederick
Roy/Mrs/ Taylor/Reverend Hightower: Simon Bailey
Rick/ Ned : Andy Rees
Ruthie/ Lorraine: Pepper Harrison
Ron/ Maggie: Lindsay Scigliano
Director: Luke Fredricks for Morphic Graffiti
Musical Director/Conductor: Mark Crossland
Designer: Stewart Charlesworth for Morphic Graffiti
Lighting Designer: Cat Webb
Sound Designer: Mike Thacker
Video Designer: Benjamin Walden
Choreographer: Joey McKneely
Production Manager: Andreas Ayling
Company Stage Manager: Christopher Silvester
Deputy Stage Manager: Kelsi Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager: James Prendergast
Assistant Director: James Hume
Assistant Choreographer: Joel Montague
Sound Operator: Leo Humphrey
Associate Producer: Kylie Vilcins
Associate Musical Director: Patrick Hurley
Associate Director: James Hume
Set Builders: Showtime LTD