Written by Gus Gowland
★★★★ “A seriously impressive and utterly lovely new British musical” – The Stage
★★★★★ “Bold and exciting…beautiful, tender…magnificently directed…beautifully moving” – BritishTheatre.com
When Jane returns from her father’s funeral to start clearing the house she grew up in – packing away the family photographs, closing a chapter – she isn’t prepared for the untold story she’s about to discover threaded through her past, a story that threatens to unravel her relationship with her own children and shake her understanding of who she is.
A new musical set simultaneously in the 1940s and in the present day, Pieces Of String tells how Jane’s father, Edward, came back from the Second World War with a secret that would change his life forever – a secret that he would carry until the day he died.
With hauntingly beautiful music and a heart-rending human story, Pieces Of String is a tender, funny, emotionally-charged exploration of how three generations of one family learn to deal with a story that nobody’s been brave enough to tell until today.
Times may have changed but some battles still need to be fought.
• Gus Gowland WON the Stage Debut Award 2018 for Best Composer or Lyricist.
• Nominated for Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting – Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
• Nominated Best Musical Production – UK Theatre Awards
Photographer: Robert Workman
Pieces of String demos have been recorded by West End artists including David Hunter, Daniel Boys, Claire Moore and Charlotte Wakefield.
Watch the Mercury Theatre Colchester’s Production of Pieces of String on Digital Theatre now: http://www.digitaltheatre.com/consumer/production/pieces-of-string
Pieces of String has been in development with Perfect Pitch for a number of years, initially written by Gus Gowland as a 20 minute extract whilst he was still at college. In 2018 the Mercury Theatre, Colchester staged the premiere UK production of the show. The show was incredibly well received and exceeded the expectations of all involved. This production has also been published online at digitaltheatre.com where it is growing an even larger audience.
“Ordinary”, “Pieces” and “Standing in the Shadows”:
Produced by Sam Featherstone at Price Studios. Orchestrations by Craig Adams.
Cast: Daniel Boys, Kane Oliver Parry, Andy Coxon, David Hunter and Charlotte Wakefield.
Produced by Paul Herbert.
Piano arrangement and recording by Harriet Oughton.
Cast: Billy Cullum, John Addison, Greg Hurst, Helen Power and Phil Barley
Cast: Carol Starks, Ella Dunlop, Gary Wood, Marilyn Cutts, Andy Coxon, Craig Mather, Joel Harper-Jackson
Production photos taken by Robert Workman at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
Gary Wood, Andy Coxon, Craig Mather and Joel Harper-Jackson perform “Standing In The Shadows” at the 2018 Mercury Theatre Production of Pieces of String.