A Christmas Carol
Bristol Old Vic,
2018 – 19 / 2019 – 2020
“A shivery delight… no need to trim any of Gwyneth Herbert’s delightful songs and their deadpan wit”
**** Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
The Snow Queen
Bristol Old Vic, 2017-18
The A – Z of Mrs P
Southwark Playhouse, 2013
“…The ailing British musical has appropriated a genuine talent in Gwyneth Herbert”
Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Herbert’s character-driven score is accomplished – melodious, articulate and fun”
Plymouth Barbican, 2013
Le Tabou is a part frothy daydream, part absurdist riot… devised, devised, rehearsed and staged with 34 teenagers… in just 13 days! Inspired by the the life and works of French surrealist, satirist and polymath Boris Vian, Gwyn joined director / Authentic Artist Kath Burlinson and designer / choreographer Juliette Jeanclaude to paint a world where language plays both conjurer and thief, waterlilies dance their own death, and procrastination is a prelude in a minor key. In “le Tabou”, a club in a corner of 1940s downtown Paris, Boris plays host to the cream of the 1940s avant-garde – characters both both real and imagined. They include: a gloomy Andre Breton submerged ever deeper into the ocean of his unconscious; Oulipo writer Raymond Queneau who raps only using the vowel “i”; surrealist painters Dorothea Tanning and Salvador Dali trading jealous professional jibes; Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre signing autographs with increasing exasperation, and three sardonic Phillipe Marlowes who investigate the fiction of their existence over a long cool drink.
Love is the jelly to sunshine’s peanut butter. And if I tell you that
I am in sandwich with you, I’m not just saying it to get into your satchel.
Herbert highlight: creating a human pianocktail out of children.
Before the Law /
After Lydia – Music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, book by Christine Denniston
A one-act musical adaptation of In Praise of Love by Terence Rattigan. Staged reading at The Watermill, Newbury, 2010 (dir. Maria Friedman); and Ronnie Scott’s, London, 2011. Winner of the Sounds of England Award, 2011
Before the Law – Music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, book by Christine Denniston
A one-act musical adaptation of darkly comic play Hand Witch of the Second Stage by Peter Barnes. Workshop and industry showcase at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 2012 (dir. Matt Ryan). Winner of the S & S Award Special Commendation, 2012.
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