Strange Land: a new musical
Based on two revolutionary plays by the German expressionist Ernst Toller – Transformation and Masses and Men – which were forerunners to Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 science fiction film Metropolis.
The final year BA Honours Musical Theatre students at Amersham and Wycombe College with Bucks New University present their graduate show.
Set in a dystopian world at the beginning of the twentieth century, Strange Land is a darkly comic musical about the young forced to take a stand against the infectious violence and greed of the old order. Leah, a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl, lives on the edge of a city stripped of young men, who have left to fight in a great war. Desperate to prove that she loves the Fatherland, she signs up as an army nurse. But it reveals itself to be no noble country, but a nightmare land.
Written and directed by Cathy Rosario
Original music, lyrics and musical arrangements by Tim Gilvin
Choreography by Jo Roots
Set and costume design by Phil Newman
Lighting design by John Castle
Sound design and production management by Jack Elderfield
Stage management by Debbie Elias
‘Cathy Rosario nimbly crosses the border between laughter and lyricism to produce raw, unforgettable theatre.’ (Tim Carroll, director of Richard III and Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry).
‘The inimitable Cathy Rosario pops up again. Hurrah! This time down south. Hope it comes north.’ (Steve Curtis, Head of the Contact Theatre, Manchester).