Monday, April 23

Fra Fee leads West End cast in new musical The Rhythm Method

The Stable has just announced the full cast of THE RHYTHM METHOD,  new contemporary British musical  about the stuff that’s difficult to talk about - sex, relationships and contraception.

The cast includes  Fra Fee (The Ferryman, Candide, Les Miserables – West End and film); Melanie Marshall (Guys and Dolls , Jane Eyre, FELA! ); Emile Ruddock (5 Guys Named Mo, The Scottsboro Boys); Jennifer Caldwell (Mamma Mia, Shrek The Musical) and Annie Wensak (Half A Sixpence.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers).

THE RHYTHM METHOD headlines Fertility Fest (12-13th May) at The Bush Theatre and then transfers to The Landor for a run of just six performance showcases with audience discussions from 14th - 18th May.
The musical is set in the near future where family planning no longer receives state support, telling the emotional and physical journey of the friends that meet at Lady Pearl Grey’s (Melanie Marshall) cosy little Tea House, where the brew is hot and the eggs are freshly laid – and all served with love and understanding. After all, the Tea House sports a weathered green plaque outside, for it was once the first Marie Stopes’ Mothers’ Clinic founded in 1921.As the welfare state fades and austerity kicks in, the Tea House is a life line for the ever-changing facts (and fictions) of life. Pearl and her dearest friend Mimi (Annie Wensak) have shared a life-time of experience in family-planning, and now they are needed more than ever. When grand-daughter Flick (Jennifer Caldwell) arrives and meets Fra Fee‘s young scientist Sol who is on the brink of medical greatness, can each find their true rhythm and the best method by which to live it?

THE RHYTHM METHOD is produced by The Stable with development support from The Wellcome Trust. It is a chamber musical, by the writing partnership of singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Gwyneth Herbert and playwright Diane Samuels. Their first musical collaboration was The A-Z Of Mrs. P, about the pioneering Phyllis Pearsall mapping an entire city into her 1936 pocket-sized A-Z Street Guide of 23,000 streets + house numbers(!) - Southwark Playhouse (2014). Gwyneth is currently touring Letters I Haven’t Written with her band, and Diane Samuels‘s hauntingly moving play Kindertransport is currently on national tour.

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