David has always been different. He really wishes he wasn’t. Despite the acceptance and unconditional love of his parents, his prayers are answered when he discovers the existence of ‘Reality Trek’, a conversion camp for gay men run by ex-gay Donald and his lord-abiding wife, Bernice. With faith on their side, they guide David and his camp campmates through the programme, but when the illegally-handsome Rory arrives late, David faces the ultimate test on the path to the straight and narrow.
Mark is an emerging lyricist in the world of musical theatre, so far having had pieces performed in new writing events such as From Page To Stage and RE:Act both at The Other Palace Theatre. For the past five years running, he has also written lyrics for the opening number of West End Bares, a charity event for the MAD Theatre Trust.
As well as writing lyrics, Mark is an actor and has appeared in numerous shows including School Of Rock; Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde, and the original London productions of The Book of Mormon; The Grinning Man and The Toxic Avenger. @MarkyWAnderson
As a composer Lee's productions include; Signposts and Diversions (Off-Broadway), Chat! (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Bent (Landor/Tabard Theatre), and Signposts and Diversions (Edinburgh Fringe),"The Music of Lee Freeman” Page to Stage Season, produced by Aria Entertainment. In 2011 and 2013, Lee was a finalist in the Stile’s and Drewe Best Song Award competition that recognises an outstanding song from a new musical written by a member of Mercury Music Developments.
As well being as a composer, Lee is also a much sought after and accomplished musical director and orchestrator having worked Internationally and also in London’s West End.
Lee is thrilled to be given the chance to share act 1 with an audience to tell this important story and thanks Paul Taylor Mills for the opportunity.
Graham began his career as an actor and director, performing in productions across the country and in the West End including Buddy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Piaf, Legally Blonde, Spread a Little Happiness, Swallows & Amazons, Elf & Wind in the Willows. He also appeared in both season of the tv series Pennyworth. He moved into writing in 2017 and his first musical The Rise received its premiere performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in January 2020. His latest show Climb Way Up: a song cycle is in development for performances in the North West later this year. @GrahamLappin
Jonathan trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Directing credits include Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults/UK & European Tours. WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production); A Guide for the Homesick, Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios); The Last Five Years, Dear Brutus (Southwark Playhouse); The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre); Rain Man (UK Tour/Bill Kenwright Ltd); Aspects of Love, Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse); Cruel Intentions (Palais du Variété Spiegeltent/Bill Kenwright Ltd); This House (Headlong/UK Tour, co-directed with Jeremy Herrin); The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (Hope Mill Theatre); Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cadogan Hall); Peter Pan (Park Theatre); Four Play, Sense of an Ending (Theatre503); Bash Latterday Plays (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios); The Surplus, All The Ways To Say Goodbye (Young Vic); The Wedding Singer, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Season’s Greetings (Arts Ed). Associate Director credits include: An American In Paris (Dominion Theatre); The Judas Kiss (Brooklyn Academy of Music/Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic).
Ellie Verkerk trained at the Royal College of Music, and currently works as the Associate Musical Director for Six (Lyric Theatre, London).
MD credits: Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Dracula, Mother Courage, Oh What A Lovely War (Blackeyed Theatre, UK tours), The Last Five Years (Frankfürt premiere), Edges (Delfont Room), Twelfth Night (South Hill Park), Underground Orchestra (Shepherds Bush Empire), Mash Up (Leicester Square Theatre), Plug In The Lead (Leicester Square Theatre), West End Unplugged (Leicester Square Theatre), Cabarets (South Hill Park)
Associate MD credits: Six (UK Tour), Identical workshop (Stiles and Drewe, Kenny Wax productions), Kerrigan Lowdermilk Live (The Other Palace), All I Want for Christmas…Is An Audience (Julie Atherton, The Other Palace)
Album work: MS Song Cycle (SimG productions), Stitched Shoes and An Irish Wristwatch (Buswell), Dear Pariah (Dear Pariah), My Parade (Stephanie Fearon)
Other work includes: Celebrating John Lord (Royal Albert Hall), Teenage Cancer Trust: Bring Me The Horizon (Royal Albert Hall), Celebrating John Lord (Royal Albert Hall), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre)
In addition to her freelance commitments, she plays in a rock band, and works as vocal coach, session musician and lecturer, specialising in teaching well-being and mindfulness protocols. She passionately supports the work of Industry Minds, Applause for Thought and Mental Health First Aid England, campaigning for a healthier, happier and more inclusive performing arts community. Website: www.ellieverkerk.com
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