Penarth writer celebrating sell out shows for new musical - Stalking John Barrowman
9:54am Monday 9th September 2013 in Penarth news
A PENARTH writer has just finished a sell-out run of Cardiff shows for her new musical – Stalking John Barrowman.
Jude Garner penned the script for the show which has won acclaim from a host of reviewers.
Performed at the Chapter Arts Centre from August 27-31 it tells the tale of two fans of TV star Barrowman, who set out to track down their idol.
Pembrokeshire-raised Jude came up with original idea and title and worked with friend fellow writer Naomi Chiffi to develop characters, plot and script.
Audiences and critics alike were impressed with the musical - a first for Jude and Naomi.
One review called it, “a rare thing , a new work that is an instant success by being the complete package”.
It said: “The show is funny, and charming, clever and a little saucy, feel good and popular, a bit like the Torchwood star who the plot revolves around.”
The Western Mail gave it four out of five stars.
Barrowman, who lives locally, in Sully, also gave the show the thumbs up, sending a personally recorded message to cast and crew.
Jude said: “It boosted morale no end.”
Barrowman fans are even said to have travelled from as far afield as France, Germany, and even Japan.
The show was directed by David Evans, who has returned from several years working in Japan.
He said: “This was a great opportunity to work on a truly collaborative project. It’s very exciting and rare to be able to work on a piece of brand new musical theatre.”