Dark Horse, the national touring theatre company resident at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, announces UK tour of new work Sing Something Simple written and directed by Artistic Director Vanessa Brooks. The show will feature an integrated cast of learning disabled and non-learning disabled actors and will be touring in March and April 2013. The show will be at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells vb from 15 March 2013.
A new comedy from Vanessa Brooks, Alan Ayckbourn’s first dramatist in residence, Sing Something Simple tells the story of Spencer Parkin and his brother Kit. Hailing from a family of musicians, Kit is his mother’s ‘golden boy,’ heading straight for the top, with the looks and a voice to die for. Spencer, the first Parkin in the history of Parkins unable to sing a note, is not. But he’s not going to let that stop him. When Kit jacks it all in and joins the army and Spencer is left looking after their distraught mother, he decides to make things better the only way he knows how, by entering a singing competition! Before he knows it, he’s standing at the Royal Albert Hall, clinging onto the inspiration of his late granddad Gerry Parkin, backing singer extraordinaire. This could be Spencer’s time to shine – couldn’t it?
A bitter-sweet comedy full of the joys and sadness of being related to other people, Sing Something Simple will star Dark Horse actor Joe Sproulle (Shameless (Channel 4), Harvest (LBT)) alongside three non-learning disabled actors, Alwyne Taylor, Heather Dutton and Richard Maxted.
The creative team for the project includes Pip Leckenby (Designer), Tony award-winning Mic Pool (Digital Projection), Johnny Marshall (Lighting Designer) and Loz Kaye (Sound Designer).
Full tour dates, times and prices to be announced.