Proud, a new musical with music by Lee Freeman, lyrics by Mark Anderson, and book by Graham Lappin and Mark Anderson joins Paul Taylor-Mills’ annual festival of new musical theatre, MTFestUK 2021.
Proud replaces Daisy in the 2021 festival line-up, which unfortunately due to circumstances beyond the Turbine Theatre’s control is no longer able to be presented this year.
Proud is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, with musical direction by Ellie Verkerk. The cast comprises of Stephen Ashfield (The Book Of Mormon), Chris Draper (School Of Rock), Jordan Luke Gage (& Juliet/Bat Out Of Hell), Idriss Kargbo (Five Guys Named Moe), Freddie King (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Rebecca Locke (Heathers), Carl Man (Wicked) and Nick McLean (Wicked).
David has always been different. He really wishes he wasn’t. Despite the acceptance and unconditional love of his parents, his prayers are answered when he discovers the existence of ‘Reality Trek’, a conversion camp for gay men run by ex-gay Donald and his lord-abiding wife, Bernice. With faith on their side, they guide David and his camp campmates through the programme, but when the illegally-handsome Rory arrives late, David faces the ultimate test on the path to the straight and narrow.
The 2021 festival line-up includes seven new musicals: Far From Heaven, #50days, The Man In the Ceiling, Millennials, HouseFire, Cake, Proud and Tony! (A Tony Blair Rock Opera).
The Festival sets out to promote quality artistry, showcasing new musicals to UK audiences with a view to elevating them to full production, and giving audiences an insight into the process of creating new work and the art of collaboration.
The 2021 festival runs from 17-29 May at The Turbine Theatre, London, before embarking on a ‘digital’ UK Tour from the 31 May – 4 July.