THE WICKER HUSBAND
Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark
Winner of the inaugural Music Theatre International Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award
The Wicker Husband is musical adaptation of a short story by Ursula Wills-Jones . An ‘Ugly Girl' has resigned herself to a life alone, without friends or a partner until the strange old Basket Maker creates a wonderful husband for her. What ensues is a haunting, witty and beautiful tale of hope, cruelty and vengeance. Told through folk inspired song and storytelling, at its heart the show explores the question: ‘What is true ugliness?' The show uses life and larger than life size puppetry, music inspired by the folk traditions of England and Ireland and traditional storytelling to tell its tale.
The show is currently in development, with a week focusing on storytelling at the Unicorn Theatre, two weeks workshopping at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a further week developing the show with students at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The Wicker Husband is the winner of the inaugural Musical Theatre International Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award which will allow us to develop the show toward a professional West End industry showcase early in 2017. The Wicker Husband is also a finalist in the Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award 2016 and was a finalist in the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Award 2016.