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BULLETS BRILLIANT IN BICKERTON
A sold-out Bickerton Village Hall fell under the spell of the amazing Chloe Torpey as Susan Owen, and newcomer, 17 year old Richard Thompson (Wilfred Owen) making his first professional stage appearance.
Members of the sell-out audience called the show the best they had ever seen at the hall and certainly the most powerful. Daffodils had braved the icy spring to appear in the field outside just in time for our visit.
The venue was chosen because it overlooks Broxton Hill, where Owen composed his first ever poem.
NEW PLAY CLAIMS CHESHIRE WAS THE TRUE INSPIRATION FOR WILFRED OWEN
Wilfred Owen's iconic poetry is drawn from his experiences in the trenches of World War One. Inspiration for his work is often credited to a meeting with fellow war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was Owen's hero, but few people know that Wilfred composed his first ever poems whilst on Holiday in Broxton, Cheshire. Now this key moment in his life is to be recreated in a new musical based on the poet’s life.
The production is being staged at Bickerton Village Hall on Friday 22 March. It is the nearest venue to Owen’s childhood visit in 1904.
The show’s writer Dean Johnson, says, ''At the age of ten Wilfred made his life-changing foray to Broxton and the views he saw of Cheshire were reflected in one of his poems written in 1918 shortly before his death.''
And so repassed into my life's arrears.
For all the places that claim to be the birthplace of Owen's poetry; from Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Ripon and Edinburgh, this event will prove that it was Cheshire that can claim the right to be the catalyst of his genius
BICKERTON VILLAGE HALL
Some local Oswestry press for the performance of Bullets & Daffodils at The Lit Fest.
OSWESTRY'S LIT FEST OPENS WITH A BULLET
The sold out show was very well received following weeks of controversy around the auction scene surrounding the sale of Plas Wilmot, the Owens’ family home.
The production was debuted in Oswestry in 2010, and this performance was the show’s swansong in Shropshire. The production moves to London this summer.
The picture to the left shows Chloe Torpey dress rehearsing the auction scene on Friday, and the one to the right shows her being filmed by the BBC.
The picture below was taken during the evening's performance. Click on each for a larger version.
WILFRED OWEN'S CHESHIRE EPIPHANY REVISITED
At the age of ten in 1904, Wilfred made his life-changing foray to Broxton, and the views he saw of Cheshire were reflected in one of his poems written in 1918. He later wrote, “And so repassed into my life's arrears. Even the weeks at Broxton, by the Hill, where first I felt my boyhood fill with uncontainable fancies...”
Wilfred Owen returns to this symbolic area in the form of the musical tribute Bullets And Daffodils. Fellow Birkenhead Institute old boy Dean Johnson has set the poet’s most iconic lines to music to tell Owen's short and tragic story.
Under the guidance of actor Christopher Timothy, the narrative is told through the eyes of Wilfred's mother Susan, played with majestic elegance by Wirral actress Chloe Torpey. Joining the cast for this very special performance is the wonderful Lindsay Field, who is regarded as the South West's premier vocalist. The event is one of the final provincial performances before the show transfers to London's West End.
See Tour Summary for venue & ticketing details.
SAD DECLINE OF WILFRED OWEN'S FAMILY FORTUNES RELIVED AT OSWESTRY LITFEST
Following the death of Wilfred's grandfather the family home Plas Wilmot and all its contents had to be sold in an undignified public auction. This hit Owen's mother Susan particularly hard, as she was an immensely proud woman who measured much by social status.
It is thought that Susan, who was the greatest influence on the poet’s life never recovered from this change in circumstance as they settled in industrial Birkenhead with financial difficulties.
This pivotal moment in the family's history will be relived in a 'mock' auction of the Owen's goods in front of the public as a prelude to the musical Bullets And Daffodils, as part of The Oswestry Lit Fest.
The production has taken London's West End by storm, and actress Chloe Torpey's portrayal of Susan Owen has won her much acclaim.
See Tour Summary for venue & ticketing details.
Bullets And Daffodils and The Wilfred Owen Story are featured in the official programme for War Horse at the National Theatre, London:
The store takes its name from, and is inspired by the book by William Morris, based on a utopian Socialist society.
The event on 13 December starred Chloe Torpey as Susan Owen and special guest Al 'Willard' Peters, plus Maurice Walsh.
03/12/12: CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY TO DIRECT BULLETS AND DAFFODILS' RETURN TO THE WEST END
The much loved performer narrated the original concept album that is to be given a major release in Feb 2013. It is hoped that the show will return to The Jermyn Street Theatre, where it was well-received this summer at its sell-out London debut.
The 2013 version of the drama based on the life and work of Wilfred Owen will feature a new script and some extra songs. The cast will be announced next year, but will once again feature Chloe Torpey and Charlotte Roberts.
22/11/12: WILFRED'S RIPON HIDEAWAY
The final date of The Bullets And Daffodils 'Wilfred Was Here' Tour in Ripon was the best show yet. The venue was the beautiful Old Deanery Hotel, directly opposite the cathedral (where the show returns in 2014).
The capacity audience was held in rapt attention by the intimate show, and the next morning the cast were invited for tea at the cottage in Borrage Lane where Wilfred rented a room when the local barracks become too noisy for him to write.
Following floods some years ago, a wall was removed to reveal this original fireplace where Owen had sat and written some of his greatest poems. Our warm thanks go to the current owners for their hospitality.
15/10/12: HESWALL SHOW MOVES TO LARGER ROOM BY POPULAR DEMAND!
You may have noticed that the Heswall show poster below no longer says SOLD OUT. Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, the venue has very kindly moved Bullets And Daffodils to a much larger room within Heswall Hall, so that more people can see it.
Additional tickets available from either Heswall Hall or Linghams Bookshop.
11/10/12: NEW SHOW KNOCKS OSWESTRY FOR SIX!
The clubhouse stands in what was once the front garden of Wilfred Owen’s birthplace Plas Wilmot. After being laid low with an illness last week, actress Chloe Torpey retained her position as Woman Of The Match with her peerless portrayal of Susan Owen.
The photo shows (left to right): Charlotte Roberts, Chloe Torpey, Dean Johnson & Janet Holmes. Click for a larger version.
11/10/12: HESWALL NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT BUT LIMITED PRODUCTION TICKETS AVAILABLE
However, we have released 10 production tickets - get them while you can!
10/10/12: HESWALL NEARLY SOLD OUT
Buy your tickets quick for this show on 17 October, being performed as part of The Heswall Arts Festival. It will also be filmed for a documentary.
Visit Wirral have covered the return of Chloe Torpey for this performance on their site. Click here to read it and also for more details of the show.
08/10/12: INTERVIEW ABOUT BULLETS AND DAFFODILS IN THE HESWALL MAGAZINE
Heswall Magazine, for the Heswall Arts Festival, have published an interview with Dean Johnson about Bullets And Daffodils. You can read it here. Go to Page 26.
07/10/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS DELIGHTS DUNSDEN
The first show of the Wilfred Was Here Tour stopped at the actual hall where young Wilfred Owen taught small children in the quiet secluded village near Reading.
Special guests Lindsay Field and Graeme Clark joined Charlotte Roberts, Dean Johnson and Janet Holmes. It was one of the best received shows ever, and such a special place to perform in.
The pictures here are all taken from the production at Dunsden, click each one for a larger version.
01/10/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS TAKES WILFRED OWEN TO THE USA!
The American premiere of Bullets And Daffodils was a phenomenal success last weekend, with a rapturous reception at its first reading and it received a 10 minute standing ovation. The preview was reported here in the Palm Desert local press:-
“VALLEY VOICES OF THE MUSE
Palm Desert – The Coachella Valley’s local poetry group, Valley Voices of the Muse, presents a public reading of Liverpool Playwright Dean Johnson’s play, Bullets And Daffodils at Barnes & Noble Bookstore inside the Westfield Shopping Centre on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 -4 p.m. In conjunction with a worldwide reading of 100-Thousand Poets For Change under the direction of Poet/Publisher Michael Rotenberg II (pictured).
“Hollywood Actor Saul Dapsis will be introduced. Host and Poet Patricia D’Allesandro will introduce this play about World War I, and [a representation of] Poet Wilfred Owen will read portions of the play. Community members will be invited to read as well. The event is free.”
30/09/12: BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE
James Michael (Wilfred Owen) performed a new song that was the world premiere of his songwriting skills.
The show will be available on Listen Again tomorrow.
26/09/12: HESWALL ARTS FESTIVAL TICKET DETAILS
Please note that tickets for The Orchestral Bullets And Daffodils (featuring James Michael) as part of the Heswall Arts festival are only available from Linghams Book Sellers, Heswall (http://www.linghams.co.uk), or direct from the Bullets And Daffodils Hotline 07539 371925.
This event will be the last local performance until 2014 and there is a limited capacity of 50 seats only.
22/09/12: JAMES MICHAEL BRINGS X FACTOR TO BULLETS AND DAFFODILS!
To coincide with his appearances in October, his breathtaking version of I Would Fight For You (video below) will be released as a single.
18/09/12: HESWALL ARTS FESTIVAL HAS STRINGS ATTACHED
There will be a unique performance of Bullets And Daffodils at the Heswall Arts Festival on 17 October. The production will feature a string quartet specially arranged by composer Mr Greg Williams (pictured), who is the MD of the Port Sunlight Players. The addition of the string section will add a wonderful dimension to the show’s score and is not to be missed.
There will be a preview of the performance in the Heswall Magazine next month. The Festival organisers have produced a special video to promote the events (see below).
For more information and ticket details contact:
18/09/12: HISTORIC DUNSDEN SHOW FEATURES VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
Tickets for the historic performance of Bullets And Daffodils at the Dunsden Village Hall on 3 October are selling fast. The Henley Standard ran a very detailed article about the production.
Wilfred Owen once taught at the village hall himself when he worked in the village as a lay assistant. This is a very special show and will feature a short talk before the performance by historian Jean Eastwood, who featured in Jeremy Paxman’s superb documentary A Remembrance Tale.
It has just been confirmed that Wet Wet Wet star Graeme Clark will be appearing at this show, reprising his acclaimed role from the West End production in July.
Tickets for the Dunsden show are available here.
18/09/12: EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR BULLETS IN BLACKPOOL
The media in Blackpool are starting to buzz with the excitement of the forthcoming performance of Bullets And Daffodils. The first night of the Wilfred Was Here Tour takes place at The Cedar Tavern (http://www.thecedartavern.net) on Saturday 29 September, and is part of the 100 Thousand Poets For Change global event (http://www.100tpc.org).
On the same night there will be a platform performance of Bullets And Daffodils at the Barnes & Noble Bookshop, Westfield Shopping Mall, Palm Desert in California. This reading will be organised by Patricia D'Alessandro.
Tickets for the Cedar Tavern event are available here.
Click on the image for a readable version of the Blackpool Gazette article about the event.
16/09/12: ALED JONES FEATURES BULLETS AND DAFFODILS ON BBC RADIO TWO SHOW
The Snowman singer Aled Jones played a song from the theatre production Bullets And Daffodils on his show Good Morning Sunday on Sunday 9 September. Aled's show often attracts over a million listeners.
The musical by Dean Johnson is based on the war poems of Birkenhead educated Wilfred Owen. The track he played is a new version of the much loved Danny Boy, and is sung by Wet Wet Wet star Graeme Clark.
Bullets and Daffodils was a sell-out success in London's West End in July.
The show returns for a full run in the capital in the spring of next year.
You can download 'Danny Boy' by Graeme Clark here on iTunes.
09/08/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS REPRESENTS ENGLAND IN THE POETS FOR CHANGE EVENT
From the event's Press Release, hence US spelling (our event is shown in bold italic):
Santa Rosa, Calif. (August 8, 2012) – September 29, 2012 marks the second annual global event of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings poets, artists and musicians (new this year) together to call for environmental, social, and political change, within the framework of peace and sustainability. The local focus is key to this global event as communities around the world raise their voices through concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs and demonstrations that speak to the heart of their specific area of concerns, such as homelessness, ecocide, racism and censorship.
“Peace and sustainability is a major concern worldwide, and the guiding principle for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “We are in a world where it isn't just one issue that needs to be addressed. A common ground is built through this global compilation of local stories, which is how we create a true narrative for discourse to inform the future.”
There are nearly 700 events planned worldwide, including:
• 25 different events in the San Francisco Bay Area, the birthplace of 100 Thousand
Poets for Change, with live poetry readings by Beat Legend Michael
• The Occupy Wall Street Poetry group kicks off a weekend of events in New York City with a poetry reading at the famous St. Mark’s Poetry Project
• Peace On Streets, R.O.A.D., Tasker Elite and SHARP will host performance artists, poets, musicians, hip hop artists and various youth and parent groups who will perform and lead workshops throughout Philadelphia to bring awareness to the ongoing problem of street violence in their city
• Wordstock, a 3 day festival at the Bamboo Arts and Celebration Center in De Leon Springs, FL, will include poetry slams, concerts, and an art exhibition focusing on images of war and peace
• Hugo House in Seattle and Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, both literary landmarks in the US, will be hosting major poetry readings
• In New Orleans, a blues festival featuring ten bands will help raise funds for medical care for aging musicians
• In Jamaica a week long series called “Tell the Children the Truth” will present concerts, spoken word performances, art exhibits, lectures, and workshops to bring attention to damaging culture of secrecy and denial surrounding the abuse, poverty and illiteracy impacting the nation’s children and destroying their future.
• Poetry and peace gatherings are planned in the strife-torn cities of Kabul and Jalalabad, Afghanistan
• In Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, poets, musicians and mimes will perform in public spaces and theaters
• In Volos, Greece, there will be 5 days of poetry and music events, including an exhibition of photography looking at the new phenomenon of homelessness in Greece
• An event in Blackpool, England will celebrate outspoken poets and writers of past generations through a special performance of Bullets and Daffodils, a play about the life of peace poet Wilfred Owen
Organizers and participants are hoping through their actions and events to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability. Those that want to get involved can visit www.100tpc.org to find an event near them or sign up to organize one in their area.
100 Thousand Poets for Change began in Sonoma County, Calif. The official Headquarters’ Event will take place at the Arlene Francis Center in downtown Santa Rosa and will feature poetry readings, group meditations, workshops, and music and dance of various styles including hip hop, flamenco, African drums, reggae, salsa, folk and more. The HQ event will also live-stream other 100 Thousand Poets for Change events worldwide. This 3 day event is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Arts Council.
Immediately following September 29th, all documentation on the 100TPC.org website, which will include specific event pages with photos, video and other documentation compiled by each city coordinator, will be preserved by Stanford University in California. Stanford recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2011 as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will continue to archive the complete contents of 100TPC.org, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.
06/08/12: VISIT WIRRAL CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF THEATRICAL AMBASSADORS IN WEST END!
The Visit Wirral website has put up a nice write up for the West End production of Bullets & Daffodils on 29 July. Click here to read it.
02/08/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS FILM IN THE PIPELINE
Here he is pictured during rehearsals before the show speaking to actor Christopher Timothy (James Herriot).
31/07/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS STRIKES GOLD IN OLYMPIC LONDON!
Despite the rain, people waited all afternoon for the chance of a last minute ticket. The sold-out show was helped by the amazing atmosphere of The Olympics gripping the city.
Wilfred Owen spent time in the West End, and to take the story of his Birkenhead years there during such a historic weekend made the whole cast very proud.
The cast was headed by much loved actor Christopher Timothy (James Herriot), who called the production “Fantastic!” Also on stage for a very rare intimate show was pop superstar Graeme Clark (Wet Wet Wet).
Representatives from The Wilfred Owen Association from both the UK and France were present to support the production. Representatives from The Bill Kenwright Production Company were very impressed with what is the world’s first musical drama based on the life of the Birkenhead-educated poet.
Bullets And Daffodils returns to the capital for a full run this winter, and comes to The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton in 2014.
Special thanks go to Production Manager Janet Holmes and Justin and Penny from The Jermyn Street Theatre.
Pictured are the cast. From Left to Right: Illy Hill (Director), Paolo Hewitt, Lindsay Field, Chloe Torpey (Susan Owen), Christopher Timothy, Charlotte Roberts, Dean Johnson, Graeme Clark and Gavin Martin. Click for a larger view.
22/07/12: TIME OUT DISCUSSES BULLETS AND DAFFODILS!
The highly influential London arts and entertainment 'Bible' has commented on Bullets And Daffodils ahead of next week’s West End premiere, describing it as “bizarre and intriguing, in equal parts.” You can read it on their website here.
The show is now fully sold out.
14/07/12: GRAEME CLARK RELEASES HIS DANNY BOY FROM BULLETS AND DAFFODILS
He will perform the song in Glasgow and then in London’s West End as part of the cast of Bullets And Daffodils at The Jermyn Street Theatre on Sunday 29 July.
Download it here.
11/07/12: LINDSAY FIELD JOINS CAST FOR WEST END SHOW
She will play the neighbour of Susan Owen during the song Making Do. Lindsay is a popular performer down south and has covered many of Dean Johnson's songs.
She is famously Dave Lee Travis's favourite singer and he compared her to Karen Carpenter.
05/07/12: FRENCH WILFRED OWEN ASSOCIATION TO ATTEND WEST END PERFORMANCE
Damian Grant will represent The French Wilfred Owen Association at the West End premiere of Bullets and Daffodils. We hope that the musical drama will be performed in Northern France later this year.
Take a look at their website here (there is a link at the top to view the site in English).
14/06/12: BULLETS TOUR WILL END WHERE IT BEGAN
The Autumn Tour of Bullets And Daffodils will end in Wilfred Owen's birthplace Oswestry on the official last day of summer, Sunday 28 October.
The show will return to The Ironworks Arts Centre, where the musical drama was premiered nearly 2 years ago.
14/06/12: WILFRED RETURNS TO RIPON
Wilfred trained with The Artist Rifles at Ripon and wrote many of his greatest poems there. His time here is commemorated with a Brown Plaque.
The Wilfred Owen musical drama takes place at The Old Deanery Hotel (http://www.theolddeanery.co.uk) on Monday 22 October.
10/06/12: SEASIDE SENSATION FOR NEW BRIGHTON PREVIEW SHOW OF BULLETS AND DAFFODILS!
The audience was stunned to silence and erupted into applause at the conclusion of this new version of the production. Chloe Torpey was mesmerising as Susan Owen and continues her rise as The Wirral's premier dramatic actress. It was an emotional return to the stage for Eton Road star Danny Morris, who claimed the role of Wilfred Owen for his own.
The new production now includes more of Charlotte Roberts’ incredible movement pieces and the script by the Daily Mirror’s Gavin Martin is cutting edge.
These wonderful pictures of the show were taken by Brian Smith (http://www.jebsmith.co.uk). The whole event was brilliantly stage managed by Janet Holmes and sponsored by Paul And Lucy’s Best Kept Secrets (http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz).
08/06/12: ILLY HILL WORKSHOPS AT THE WILFRED OWEN STORY
Illy, whose credits include Coronation Street and Brookside, worked alongside Christopher Timothy on the daytime soap Doctors.
His visual direction will be a big contribution to the musical's forthcoming shows.
Pictured left with Illy (far right) are Dean Johnson, Chloe Torpey and Phil Gwilliam. Click for a larger version.
06/06/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS ALBUM OFFICIALLY RELEASED
Dean's musical interpretations of Wilfred Owen's iconic poems such as Futility, Arms And The Boy, Conscious, and The Last Laugh are featured alongside narrative songs that describe Wilfred's journey from Shropshire to The Somme.
The album is narrated by actor Christopher Timothy and has received the acclaim from Owen's nephew Peter Owen, who commented, “I am fairly sure that Wilfred did not write his poems with any thought that they would be used as contemporary lyrics. That you have achieved this is a tribute to both you and Wilfred.”
Bullets And Daffodils will be available as a download worldwide from 19 July.
02/06/12: WILLIAM AND WILFRED (BULLETS AND DAFFODILS IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON)
Rising Wirral actress Chloe Torpey will star in William And Wilfred, a special version of Bullets And Daffodils on Tuesday 2 October at The Falstaff Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon (http://www.falstaffexperience.co.uk).
The event is part of National Poetry Week and will feature the work of Shakespeare alongside that of war poet Wilfred Owen.
This event is the first date of the Bullets And Daffodils Autumn Tour.
29/05/12: CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY HEADS CAST OF BULLETS AND DAFFODILS FOR WEST END SHOW!
We are proud to announce that Christopher Timothy will head the cast of Bullets And Daffodils at its West End premiere this summer. The much loved actor will reprise his narrator role as heard on the forthcoming album of the musical drama.
Timothy came to prominence in the long-running series All Creatures Great And Small, and has continued to be well known for his screen work, which includes daytime soap Doctors. However, Timothy has a plethora of stage work, including West End appearances in Journey’s End, See How They Run and Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead.
Sunday 29 July – The Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6ST
28/05/12: WETS STAR TO RELEASE DANNY BOY AHEAD OF WEST END DEBUT IN WAR POET MUSICAL
Graeme will sing the traditional ballad, which was popular among soldiers in World War One when he appears in Bullets And Daffodils in London in July. The musical, based on the life of war poet Wilfred Owen, will be staged at The Jermyn Street Theatre (website) on Sunday 29 July.
The single is released as a download on Sun 1 July. Check Graeme’s website soon for details.
26/05/12: NEW READINGS OF WILFRED OWEN'S 'A SOLDIER'S DREAM' BY GAVIN MARTIN & GRAEME CLARK
These remarkable readings give a voice to the Irish and Scottish lives lost in World War One. Both of these readings will be in the London show. Gavin Martin's is on the left and Graeme Clark's is on the right.
21/05/12: WEST END PREVIEW SHOW HITS THE LOCAL PRESS
A special preview of the London production will take place at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, on Saturday 9 June.
Dean Johnson was today interviewed by the Wirral Globe (click on the image of Chloe Torpey and Danny Morris to the left to view), and gave details of both shows and how the production has developed since his early solo performances.
The New Brighton show marks Danny Morris's live comeback after two years away from the spotlight.
15/05/12: NEW RADIO PRODUCTION OF BULLETS AND DAFFODILS IS NO SECRET!
Work has started on a new 'radio play' version of Bullets And Daffodils. This exciting new production features the poet Lucy London and broadcaster Paul Breeze of Blackpool-based Best Kept Secrets (http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz) fame.
Lucy, whose wonderful warm voice is well known on local airwaves, will be speaking the part of Susan Owen, whilst partner Paul takes on the role of narrator of the piece.
The project, which will also be available as a 'Talking Book' CD, will be more factually based than the touring musical version, with more biographical detail that is sometimes lost on stage.
Amongst other special guests in this new version will be Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet.
03/05/12: BULLETS AND DAFFODILS WOWS THE WOW FESTIVAL!
John Gorman was special guest at this show that was part of The Writing On The Wall Festival. Organisers described it as “very powerful indeed”.
Parts of the performance reduced the capacity crowd to tears, as Chloe Torpey playing Susan Owen wove her magic over the room. Legendary John Gorman read a nerve tingling Dulce Et Decorum Est and contributed to the script.
More very special events are about to be announced – watch this space.
28/04/12: TOP WRITER PAOLO HEWITT JOINS BULLETS AND DAFFODILS CAST FOR LONDON SHOW
Paolo cites Owen as one of his greatest inspirations and remembers the power of the poetry hitting him very hard as a young man.
Paolo is an expert on popular culture, and has written many excellent novels, one of which is being developed for the stage.
22/04/12: NEWS OF JOHN GORMAN'S INVOLVEMENT IN BULLETS AND DAFFODILS SPREADS ACROSS THE POND
John Gorman’s participation in the Liverpool performance of Bullets And Daffodils next month has reached the USA. The Examiner in San Francisco website has posted an excellent article:
07/04/12: PHIL GWILLIAM SOLO PERFORMANCES
Coming soon: a solo dramatic performance told in character by actor Phil Gwilliam, a veteran of Bullets And Daffodils, now featured in his own showcase production, to be performed weekly at The Wilfred Owen Story.
For more details contact us.
01/04/12: BULLETS ON TOUR: A THANK YOU...
Thanks to all the venues and the staff for all your support. The local media in each town have been very helpful and pushed the show to the max: without the public coming out to see us we could never have completed the performances as sponsorship and funding were impossible to achieve.
Please keep checking the website for the next events and we hope to take London by storm in July.
Lucy London, who attended the Fleetwood show on Friday, wrote this review in her Best Kept Secrets blog. We'd like to thank her too for her positive response to the production.
31/03/12: MASSIVE PUBLICITY ENSURES CAPACITY AUDIENCE FOR FLEETWOOD SHOW
Phil was being stopped in the streets on the afternoon of the show for autographs.
The evening performance was packed and ecstatically received.
All the cast shone, and one audience member remarked that, “Chloe Torpey is Susan Owen!”
Click the image to the left to read the full article (opens in new window or tab).
19/03/12: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN FOR BRIDGNORTH AUDIENCE
You could hear a pin drop during the performance of Bullets And Daffodils at Bridgnorth’s Theatre On The Steps on Saturday.
The musical drama was described as 'spellbinding' and 'beautiful', whilst the theatre management remarked that they had never seen anything like it before, and praised the professionalism of the production.
Chloe Torpey (Susan Owen) was outstanding as usual, whilst Charlotte Roberts’ choreography added a powerful dimension to the show. The return of Charlie Griffiths to the cast lifted the whole production to a new level, and Phil Gwilliam was an ethereal presence as Wilfred Owen at the musical’s climax. Stage manager Janet Holmes kept the whole thing running like clockwork.
The images below are taken from Saturday's show. Click on each for a larger version (opens in new window or tab).
19/03/12: CHARLIE GRIFFITHS RETURNS AS THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Charlie’s outstanding vocals will sing most of the show’s songs. She has already made Conscious a showstopper, as witnessed at her tour debut in Bridgnorth last week.
11/03/12: LINDSAY FIELD
Lindsay, who has often been compared to Karen Carpenter, has recorded several of Dean Johnson's songs, including Year Of Letting Go and Big Night.
She will join the cast of the show in the West End this summer.
11/03/12: SOLD OUT SENSATION GREETS BULLETS' FIRST NIGHT
A capacity crowd at Chester’s Forum Theatre were held enthralled by the new production of Bullets And Daffodils.
Gasps of delight and sorrow were heard as the spectacular Chloe Torpey delivered another masterclass in restraint as mother of the doomed war poet.
The production, which featured talented cast veteran Phil Gwilliam as Wilfred, now features a stunning movement sequence featuring Charlotte Roberts. There are also contributions from David Gilmour, Christopher Timothy and John Gorman.
Anticipation is high for the next show at the Citadel, St Helens, which will soon be displaying its 'Sold Out' signs as well.
The show moves to The West End this summer.
The pictures below are taken from last night's production in Chester. Click on each one for a larger version (opens in new window/tab).
09/03/12: BIG PUBLICITY FOR OSWALDTWISTLE SHOW
The article featues a new and extensive interview with Dean Johnson, where he talks about his inspiration for the show, and about getting David Gilmour and John Gorman to contribute.
Click the image to the left to read the full article as a PDF (opens in new window/tab).
08/03/12: RAVE PREVIEW FOR CHESTER SHOW IN CHESTER CHRONICLE
Kudos to The Chester Chronicle for building anticipation for the first show on the tour at The Forum Theatre in Chester this coming Saturday. Read the full article here.
See summary above for contact details to get a ticket if you haven't already - they are going fast!
05/03/12: OFFICIAL PINK FLOYD SITE PICKS UP ON THE GILMOUR CONNECTION
Whypinkfloyd.com, which is Pink Floyd's official site, has now picked up on David Gilmour's contribution to Bullets & Daffodils.
The image to the left is a screenshot of how it appears on the site, although it doesn't show the entire news article in one go. Click on it for a readable version.
To read the full article, go to the site itself.
04/03/12: SEAN PUGH CONTRIBUTES MUSIC TO STAGE PRODUCTION
Sean (pictured), who was a sessionman for numerous Liverpool bands, is best known from his time with A Flock Of Seagulls and his seminal work with The Triffids.
Along with Dean Johnson, Sean attended The Birkenhead Institute, famous for its Wilfred Owen connection, and being born in a leap year; he recently turned 13 years of age. Sean was once sent home from school to have a shave... having returned from the Christmas holidays with a full beard!
His new pieces for the musical are entitled Armistice Day and Preface, and will feature on the forthcoming cast album.
03/03/12: MP3 OF CONSCIOUS AVAILABLE
An MP3 of the acclaimed single Conscious from Bullets & Daffodils is available free, or if you wish, a very small donation. Please email us for your copy.
All proceeds in aid of The Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields Preservation Society.
22/02/12: WORD GETS AROUND!
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17/02/12: RARE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN GORMAN INCLUDED IN WELSH DAILY POST ARTICLE
Pictured left is a full-page article on Bullets And Daffodils from today’s Daily Post (Wales), publicising the show at the Chester Forum Theatre on Saturday 10 March (to buy tickets see the Tour Summary above). Click on the image for a PDF version of this article (opens in a new window or tab).
The article features a rare interview with director John Gorman. The picture of Wilfred Owen (Phil Gwilliam) is from Dean Sullivan’s production of the musical last year.
BULLETS AND DAFFODILS (THE WILFRED OWEN MUSICAL)
This production has the full support of the Owen family and also exclusive permission by rock legend David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), to use a personal recording. Directed and adapted by Liverpool icon John Gorman (The Scaffold), it is a must-see event.
As the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One approaches, Wilfred Owen's poetry remains a gigantic legacy. Myths of pacifism and hidden longings, which have left his personal life shrouded in mystery, and his undoubted courage, compassion and an instinct for razor sharp verse, combine to illustrate this musical tale of the handsome boy from the Shropshire hills and the backstreets of Birkenhead.
In this performance, Dean Johnson weaves narrative songs from Owen's greatest verses.