A Musical based on the life of famous London thief and Gaol-breaker Jack Sheppard in 1724
ACT 1 SCENE 2. THE BLACK LION PUB, DRURY LANE.
(BESS is cleaning tables and begins to daydream)
In this scene we're introduced to one of our main characters - Edgeworth Bess. She works in the Black Lion pub, but feels trapped there. She begins to daydream of a better life. She is then interupted by the landlord of the pub - Haynes. The pub comes to life with people drinking and merry-making. Their enjoyment is interupted by the appearance of Jonathon Wild, Thief-Taker General.
ACT 1 SCENE 3. WILD'S OFFICE
(WILD is sat at his desk. His THUGS are hanging around.
Enter BLUESKIN sheepishly)
In this scene Blueskin Blake has been summoned to Wild to explain why he's been thieving in London without his permission. Wild and his Thugs threaten Blueskin until he hands over his loot. As a price, Wild demands he undertake a job for him.
(Massive thanks to Sam Burns for his excellent portrayal of Wild!)
(More audio clips coming soon!)
Jack - Libretto
Currently re-working some of the lyrics with the fabulous Elizabeth Major.
Below: Video of workshop Music performance. 1st October 2023
This was a Music-only performance to get feedback.
A few comments:
"An absolute triumph. Loved it. Loved the returning motifs...."
"...magnificent last night...your thematic development through the show was so good. Would now love to see it fully staged"
A massive thank you to everybody who made this performance possible. Liz and I are now working on ammendments that we'll hopefully have complete in early 2024.