Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fidel the musical!

by New Worker correspondent

Coming soon to the West End is musical like no other. It promises to completely change your ideas about Fidel Castro, Cuba and politics!
 The writer, Dr Denise Baden, has not just drawn on the Cuban story but also the process of musical development has been designed to reflect Cuban values of inclusion, education and solidarity.
Denise wrote the script based on her research into Fidel’s leadership style and the songs were sourced via a free song-writing competition. The public and professional judges chose the best via an X-factor style event and the Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre put on a mini show. Now the first ever production is being staged in London’s Covent Garden next month.
 The musical Fidel is an epic tale that begins with Fidel’s early days as an activist against the brutal dictator Batista and ends with the victory march into Havana in 1959. It will be performed for the first time at the Iris Theatre on 16th November with two performances at 14:00 and 19:30. The show lasts 90 minutes with a brief 15 minute talk about Cuba beforehand, and a question and answer session afterwards with the cast and crew.
The Iris Theatre is a registered charity with a mission to support the development of the next generation of professional theatre practitioners across all theatre forms. It was established in 2007 to produce work at the world famous St Paul's Church (The Actors’ Church), Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED. Tickets for Fidel cost £15 full price and £10 for under 18s.

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