“Barbershopera II”, Musical
Tuesday, 1st June, 8pm, 1 hour 15
minutes, no interval, age 11+
by Rob Castell and Tom Sadler, directed by Sarah Tipple, presented
by Barbershopera Productions and Seabright Productions. We highly recommend this extremely funny comedy, ingeniously written
and performed by four first-rate actors and sung throughout in
perfect four-part harmony. William Wilson saw this show during its
run at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End and was determined
to bring it to Caithness despite little interest from other Scottish
venues. The company will spend a week’s rehearsal time at Lyth while
they work on their next production and visits are planned to primary
schools (even children can learn four-part harmony!)
Following sell-out success, critical acclaim and awards at the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008 and 2009, and their recent West End
run, Barbershopera are on tour with their latest a cappella comedy
musical – Barbershopera II.
The talented foursome tell the story of a Catalan matador who
inherits his dead father’s barbershop in Shavingham, Norfolk. Will our
young hero manage to enchant the locals with his continental flair?
Will he uncover the murky mystery of his father’s death? Will he
succeed in taking on local hairdresser extraordinaire Trevor
Sorbet in a dramatic cut-off? And will he ever leave Norfolk
This talented quartet manage to combine effortless comedy with
perfect four part harmony to create an entertaining and wonderfully
absurd evening of entertainment.
The co-writing team of Rob Castell and Tom
Sadler and director Sarah Tipple have come
together again to create another delightfully daft but beautifully
harmonious show. They perform with returning ‘barbershoppers’ Lara
Stubbs and Pete Sorel-Cameron. Barbershopera
II delighted audiences at Edinburgh Fringe 2009 and won the award for
Most Promising Lyrics at the Musical Theatre Matters Awards (their
previous show also won this accolade in 2008).
The company’s previous show, Barbershopera I, recorded by BBC Radio
4 was recently broadcast on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May in Radio 4’s
‘Afternoon Play’ slot.
Reviews of the show included:
Quite simply breathtaking… four-part harmonic perfection…
incredibly funny.' **** Whatsonstage
'A good humoured, sophisticated and cheerful entertainment.'
'Delightfully absurd. Fine singing and witty lyrics, sung in an
impressive range of styles.'Time Out
'The performances are a joy. Nimble, musically accomplished and
extravagantly silly.' The Times