The Octagon Theatre Bolton are thrilled to present the world premiere of Seagulls, a new musical by emerging writer Beth Hyland. Gig meets theatre in this exciting new production that mixes original indie/folk music played live with the drama inspired by the themes of art and love from Chekhov’s classic play The Seagull.
The show follows the lives of four young aspiring musicians on the precipice of adult life in 2019, who believe their band SEAGULLS will one day make its mark on the UK music industry. But when complicated romances and artistic differences threaten to tear them apart, cracks appear and reality hits hard.
Seagulls will be brought to life in a full production for the very first time in the intimate setting of Bolton’s Library Theatre whilst the Octagon’s major redevelopment continues. This will be a chance for audiences to be close to the action and enjoy a lively, high octane night out with fantastic live music throughout.
A talented cast of four actor-musicians include Matthew Heywood who plays the emotional and artistic front man of the band Con. West End performer Flora Spencer-Longhurst will be taking on the role of Nina, a singer who dreams of becoming famous. Both will be returning fresh from performing in the Octagon’s production of Maxine Peake’s Beryl.
Completing the cast and making their Octagon debuts will be Tomi Ogbaro (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Theatre, Sweet Charity, The Watermill) who is playing the happy-go-lucky percussionist Simon and Lauryn Redding (The Hired Man, Queen’s Theatre Horchurch & Hull Truck, Oliver Twist, Hull Truck) who will be portraying troubled keyboard player Masha.
Writer Beth Hyland is a playwright, screenwriter, and songwriter based in Chicago. Her plays and musicals include For Annie (The Hearth, The Sound), Clearing (Commission Theatre; workshop, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival finalist) and Red Bowl at the Jeffs (The Sound; Chicago Reader 10 Best of 2018)
Produced in association with award-winning Hull based theatre company Middle Child who specialize in creating gig theatre. Seagulls will be playing at the Library Theatre, Bolton between Thu 24 October – Sat 16 November 2019.
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