Winner of "Show of the Festival" and "Performance of the Festival" at Birmingham Fest 2016
Fanny is rehearsing for her Drury Lane debut during the times of the infamous Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s. As she works on her songs with Arthur, her long-suffering pianist, it becomes apparent that things are not all as they seem. Fanny tells the funny and tragic story of her friend Elsie using music hall performance to spin her tale.
This is a dark and funny account of a horrifying piece of lost British history. Sing along with classic songs from the Music Hall, then hear them sung again as they've never been heard before. Lizzie Wofford is a "Powerful and emotional performer" and was hailed as "One to watch" by the Evening Standard.
Joining in is warmly encouraged (although not compulsory) and a gin is recommended.Book Now
Lizzie Wofford is an award winning actress from the West Midlands. Carolyn Scott-Jeffs is an award winning playwright from the West Midlands. Carolyn gave birth to Lizzie and then wrote her a dark one-woman comedy about syphilis, prostitution and the Music Hall. (Not immediately we should add...)
We tell stories about things we are angry about. Generally these are woman's stories that have been lost or silenced over time. We tell these stories with the help of our wonderful male friends who are just as passionate and angry as we are. Often these stories tackle incredibly dark themes.
Regardless of the dark subject matter, our work is incredibly funny and our primary aim as a group of theatre makers is to create something joyous that can educate, not lecture our audiences about social injustice. No one wants a lecture... well someone wants a lecture I’m sure, but that’s not what we do.
Come to laugh. Come to get angry. Come to learn something new.Book Now
Lizzie Wofford (Fanny) is a multi-disciplinary actor and creative collaborator. She trained with the National Youth Music Theatre and at Mountview and has worked in the West End, Regionally and on the Fringe. She was in the Archers for six years and has worked extensively as a voice over artist. She teaches drama in primary schools across the country and is passionate about new work. She was nominated for "Best Actress in a Musical" in the 2016 Offie awards and won "Performance of the Festival" in both 2016 and 2017 at Birmingham Fest.
Tom Noyes (Arthur) was most recently seen as Rachmaninov in the critically acclaimed Preludes at the Southwark Playhouse. Tom studied at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Music.
Tom has played the piano since the age of eight and has since travelled the UK performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with full symphonic accompaniment and has participated in two playing tours across the United States.
Carolyn Scott-Jeffs (Writer) has written extensively for Radio Four and has written several episodes of Doctors. Her stage plays include Having it All, Wenches, Out in the Garden, Tarnished Angel, Elephants, Wolfie and the Showgirl (winner of Best New Work, Birmingham Fest 2017), Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage, and Letters to Emma.
Tim Ford (Director) is a freelance Theatre Director and choreographer. Previously, he was Artistic Director of The Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Associate Director at Reading Rep Theatre, Associate Director at Curve Theatre, Leicester; a director at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, The Birmingham REP and The Point Theatre, Eastleigh.
Peter John Dodsworth (Arranger and Musical Supervisor) trained at RAM. He teaches across the Home Counties and is the founder of How to Sing LTD. He was MD on several projects for Little Wolf's 2018/19 Panto season and writes in several collaborative partnerships as composer, orchestrator, lyricist and book writer.
Connie Watson (Production Des
Winner of "Show of the festival" and "Performance of the festival" at Birmingham Fest 2016
Weekend Notes ***** "Fanny A New Musichall is is hugely poignant and thought-provoking. Lizzie Wofford is truly superb as Fanny in both the acting and singing stakes"
Behind the Arras ***** "It is a powerful and emotional performance from Wofford. Not only will you enjoy it, you will learn something in the process."
Lichfield Live "Funny, moving, filled with song and above all laughter, this is a one-off of an evening, amusing, instructive, informative but above all, marvellous fun."
Praise for previous work:
A Younger Theatre, "Wofford is truly a leading lady"
Musical Theatre Review, "Mountview graduate Wofford, an actress-singer with great depth and presence, is surely destined for big things."
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail, "Some terrific honking from a big blonde called Lizzie Wofford."
Tim Harrison, Kensington and Chelsea Informer, "A first rate new play"
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