August 27, 2008

Musical Enshrines Life in Humble Backwater of Chester

By Philip Key's

GARDEN Lane - The Musical is the latest production by Chester- based community theatre company Theatre in the Quarter.

This is the company's fourth production, after the sell-out success of Some Sunny Day, Sweet Sixteen and The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The musical will be performed at The Pavilion, Chester Racecourse, from Wednesday September 3 until Saturday September 6. it is written by Rob Edmonds with music by Matt Baker, inspired by Garden Lane, a street hidden beneath Chester's historic city walls.

"This is an exciting opportunity to see a cast of talented young actors and musicians perform an original piece of musical, comedy theatre inspired by the increasingly diverse lives of the people of Garden Lane, one of Chester's most cherished neighbourhoods," said artistic director Matt Baker.

Faced with the bulldozer, Tim has to prove once and for all that a community still exists in Garden Lane. The future of the lane lies in an all important 5-a-side football match, and the most unlikely players are cobbled together.

A company of young actor/musicians under the direction of Ally Cutler bring this new story to life.

With musical influences as diverse as Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf and Les Miserables, the play examines the eclectic mix of people who from many walks of life that live, work, find their voice and celebrate together in Garden Lane.

TICKETS cost pounds 12 (pounds 10 concessions), with Saturday matinee tickets pounds 8, available from Chester Tourist Information Centre on 01244 402111.

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