STAGES – a video game musical


Musicals & Gig Theatre
03 — 08 Mar
Network Theatre - Lower Road
1hr 00m
Drama Interactive Musical
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Contains themes of a mature nature including cancer, illness and death.
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STAGES – a video game musical

“Load in the world.”

Player 1, Aiden, is sixteen, autistic, and loves video games. They can be repeated, mastered and controlled. But what happens if the game starts to glitch? In this interactive video game musical the audience take control and help Aiden navigate STAGES.

Playable characters include: Ellie, Aiden’s sibling, who’s stuck deciding on which avatar to select. Owen, Aiden’s dad, who hovers over the restart button. Alice, Aiden’s mum, who faces her greatest challenge, the final boss.

Featuring an original electronic 8-bit soundtrack and arcade style graphics, STAGES by Christian Czornyj examines what happens when the code of our lives is rewritten and the way the digital world interacts with our own. With a cast including WhatsOnStage Award nominee Anna-Jane Casey, Olivier Award nominee Andrew Langtree and newcomers Max Alexander-Taylor and Aitch Wylie, this is a bold new British musical that has to be played to be experienced.

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About ALP

ALP was founded to develop artist-driven new British musicals. They specialise in work that challenges traditional ideas of what musicals look like, sound like and are about. STAGES is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Alice - Anna-Jane Casey
Owen - Andrew Langtree
Ellie - Aitch Wylie
Aiden - Max Alexander-Taylor

Writer & Sound Designer - Christian Czornyj
Director - Adam Lenson
Musical Supervisor - Tamara Saringer
Set & Costume Design - Libby Todd
Movement Director - Christina Fulcher
Lighting Design - Alex Drofiak
Assistant Director - Matt Powell

STAGES – a video game musical


Dates & Times

STAGES – a video game musical


Press & Reviews

Press for previous work by Director Adam Lenson:

"It’s delightful to see the formal boundaries of the genre given such a joyously energetic workout and heralds rich creative times to come.” The Guardian (on Wasted)

“Adam Lenson’s playful production astonishes on many levels.” Whatsonstage (on Wasted)

"Musical theatre in this country isn’t often allowed to experiment with form and scale like this – and when it does, it rarely makes it to the stage. So it’s brilliant to see something so brash and bizarre, existing completely on its own terms.” The Stage (on Wasted)

“An immaculately crafted, engaging and emotive piece of contemporary musical theatre” The Stage (on Superhero)

“A slick, rousing production and a massively endearing, genuinely funny and touching musical” Time Out (on Superhero)

Press for previous work by writer Christian Czornyj

“The score is flawless and ... has created a captivating story that forces the audience to think.” Musical Theatre Review

“must see for all of us who care about the quality of our own lives and that of the people who surround us. It is a polished, professional production and it is mesmerizing. ... ..a beautiful achievement.”
Fringe Review

STAGES – a video game musical


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