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A Musical Tells The Story Of The Evacuation Of A Dorset Village

Tyneham Musical Cast

10:11am 24th October 2013
(Updated 3:08pm 24th October 2013)

This year see's the 70th anniversary of the fall of Tyneham.

The Dorset village was evacuated in 1943 for the war effort - with villagers being promised they could return to their homes - but they never did.

Local man Geoff King has now produced a musical called - Tyneham: No Small Sacrifice.

It has a cast of 35 with 22 original songs.

This unique portrayal of the Tyneham story is underpinned by an ambitious score from 17 year old Jordan Clarke, in his first professional role as composer.  He has written a full orchestration for a cast of thirty five, whilst studying composition and A levels at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.  This has created an interesting long distance writing partnership with 67 year old lyricist and show director, Vince Jones.  Based in Dorset, Vince has a long history of involvement with musical theatre.  

"Working with Jordan has been a revelation, both musically and theatrically.  He has challenged me to take a fresh look at musical theatre.  The finished production is a far cry from the initial idea".

Jordan added "I could never have asked for anyone better to collaborate with and anyone more willing to accept my crazy new ideas. I've come into the partnership with a whole new view of musical theatre to that of my co-writer Vince.  We've had completely different things to share and teach each other.  We have very different writing methods and ideas have just bounced off each other so well".

The idea was conceived by long term friend of Vince's, Geoff Tizzard King, also in his sixties and the third member of Generations Apart.  

"I've been involved with musical theatre for a long time and I've also loved visiting Tyneham.  With all the information now available regarding Tyneham I began to realise there was a musical waiting to be written. So I turned to my old friend Vince Jones who is a great writer and new friend Jordan who is a fantastic musician.  I expressed the idea to them and they were captivated and the project took off from there".

You can see the musical at The Bay Theatre at Weymouth College from the 30th October to the 2nd of November.

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