Dundee Rep and Vicky Graham Productions present This is a Love Story: A Pop Musical

This is a Love Story

Earth. Humanity. 200,000 years in the making.

A new pop musical tells the 200,000-year love story between Earth and Humanity, from first sparks to today’s abusive relationship via infidelities of astronomical proportions.

Using the language of pop music to shine a fresh light on our relationship with the planet, the high-energy score by Jack Godfrey (42 Balloons the Musical, Babies) and razor-sharp lyrics by Ellie Coote (42 Balloons the Musical) evokes comparisons to recent stage hits SIX The Musical and Our Ladies. Performed by two actors with a live on-stage band and continuous creative captioning, the presentation of this work continues Dundee Rep’s commitment to developing and platforming the most exciting an innovative new musical theatre writing.

This one-off concert performance at Dundee Rep on Saturday 6 November, also streamed live online at Rep Studios, marks a significant moment in the creative development of this original musical, commissioned by Vicky Graham Productions and developed with support of Arts Council England and HOME Manchester. Now further developed at Dundee Rep Theatre this REP STUDIOS live stream, scheduled during COP26 will be the first opportunity for audiences to experience the show in a concert setting.

Co-Creators of the show Jack Godfrey and Ellie Coote said “We’re really excited to have our first public showing of THIS IS A LOVE STORY at a theatre which is so passionate about new musical theatre. We are also thrilled to bring the show to both a live streamed and in-person audience as part of the Rep Studios line-up and we’re so excited to see how the audience will respond to the show. This concert version of THIS IS A LOVE STORY will also give us an opportunity to experiment with creative captioning for the first time, which is a massive part of our vision for the show.

“We want THIS IS A LOVE STORY to reach as many people as possible because the issues that the show talks about affect everyone. We hope that the show will get people talking about the planet and our future, and inspire people to think about their role in the world.”

Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton said: “COP26 is a hugely important moment in history and is it is exciting to be so near the epicentre of that as it happens in Scotland. We hope that THIS IS A LOVE STORY can draw more people’s attention to it. Recent pop musicals like SIX and Our Ladies have proven incredibly popular among a really broad audience and we think there is a real opportunity to open up the conversation around climate change which can be daunting for lots of people to think about and discuss. We hope this show will provide an accessible and entertaining way for people to engage with the conversation about the future of our planet.”

THIS IS A LOVE STORY will be further developed ahead of a premiere in 2022, to be announced.

Climate Beacons for COP26 is a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26. Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are thrilled to be part of this new initiative together with V&A Dundee, The James Hutton Institute and Dundee Museum of Transport as one of the seven Climate Beacons for the Tayside area.  Building on Dundee’s reputation as a city of design, the Tayside Beacon will use design-led-thinking as a means to create and deliver innovative forms of public engagement focused on the climate crisis, finding sustainable ways for Tayside communities to take action.  New productions like THIS IS A LOVE STORY with environmental themes are a key part of the picture, providing imaginative ways to stimulate debate, discussion and change. 

Dundee Rep and Eden Court Theatre present a filmed reimagining of Islander.

Dundee Rep in collaboration with Eden Court Highlands presents the filmed reimagining of Islander, the award-winning two-hander folk theatre musical conceived and directed by Amy Draper with music and lyrics by St Andrews-born writer and composer Finn Anderson and book by Stewart Melton.

This reimagined version is filmed both on location and on the stage of Dundee Rep for cinema exhibition and on-demand viewing. It will premiere on 26 August at a red-carpet event at Eden Court in Inverness before becoming available to stream on Rep Studios.

Originally presented as part of Made in Scotland 2019 showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was Winner of Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award, this environmental show continued its success with an off-West End run and a BBC Radio 4 adaptation. The Rep Studios reimagining of Islander for film stays true to the show’s beautiful folktale storytelling and score.

The film, captured by award-winning Mallard Productions was directed by Amy Draper with lighting design by Simon Wilkinson, produced by Helen Milne.

The cast Kirsty Findlay (Olivier Award Nominated, ‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’) and Bethany Tennick, and creatives Finn Anderson and Amy Draper will attend the premiere in Inverness.

James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive, Eden Court Highlands said:

“I adored Islander at the Made in Scotland showcase in 2019 and had planned to bring the live show to us in the early part of 2021 but the Winter lockdown bought those plans to an end. I’m thrilled Eden Court has now collaborated with our friends at Dundee Rep to reimagine Islander for the film. I hope this is the beginning of many future partnerships.”

Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton said: “Islander is an example of the very best Scottish musical theatre. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the original creative team and our co-producers Eden Court to create this next evolution of a truly magical piece. Musical storytelling sits at the heart of our programming at Dundee Rep and the creation of original musical theatre is a particular passion”