Tickets go on sale today for the Nuffield Southampton Theatres workshop production of Son of Rambow – The Musical, running at The Other Palace from 22 May – 2 June. Director of NST, Samuel Hodges, directs the musical adaptation of the hit cult film featuring an original 80s pop soundtrack by two of the UK’s most successful pop writers Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler and with the book by Richard Marsh.
Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres Samuel Hodges said today, ‘Developing new musicals is an important part of NST’s future commissioning strategy and this is a project which I’ve been developing with our talented writing team for some time. It’s a beautiful story which grapples with important themes – family, faith, friendship and with a cracking 80s pop soundtrack by the hit-machine that is Miranda Cooper and her long-time collaborator Nick Coler, with this marking their first ever theatre project. Workshop productions are a totally new way of testing material for us and I’m looking forward to developing this brilliant score and script in collaboration with an audience, for the very first time.’
Son of Rambow is a work in progress production working with feedback from the audience each day.
Winter 1982. Two boys are about to form an unlikely friendship. Will Proudfoot is a member of the Plymouth Brethren, forbidden from watching TV or films. Lee Carter is the wild child, school trouble-maker. When Lee blows Will’s mind with a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood, this unlikely pair collaborate on a homemade sequel.
Their movie changes the lives of all around them. Will’s recently-widowed mum, Sarah, begins to question her faith as family friend Joshua confesses his love for her. Lee’s brother Barry fights for the love of his girlfriend Tina, who must choose between Barry, University or the French exchange sexpot, Didier.
Based on the cult hit film, Son of Rambow is a heart-warming and hilarious story about two boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions.