Crush: The Musical

By Maureen Chadwick and Kath Gotts

Crush: The Musical
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ISBN: 9781848425583
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 14th April 2016
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945), Musicals, Plays for young people (12-18 years)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: UK tour 2015

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An outrageously fun musical set in an all-girls school in the 60s, from the team behind Bad Girls: The Musical.

It’s 1963 and the Dame Dorothea Dosserdale School for Girls has a proud tradition of fostering free spirits from all walks of life. So it’s a crushing blow when the new headmistress turns out to be a tyrant with strict Victorian values – and top of her hit list are the two sixth-formers accused of ‘Unnatural Behaviour’ in the Art Room…

Brimming with catchy tunes and witty lyrics, Crush is a hilarious pastiche of Girls’ School stories – a blend of Malory Towers and St Trinian’s – with added hockey sticks and ‘lashings of jolly good fun’ Coventry Telegraph.

Crush was first performed on tour in the UK in 2015 - watch the trailer below.

Blog Post: Kath Gotts on creating a musical set in the world of schoolgirl fiction: '[those worlds] have been so empowering to the young women who have devoured those books since they first started appearing as early as the eighteenth century. They showed that girls and women could be the protagonists in their own stories, and that whatever derring-do was required, they too could fulfil those roles' Read more >>

'The all-female (except for a solitary male) cast of twelve, minimal furniture and very achievable set-building requirements will surely put Crush on hundreds of amateur drama societies' to-do lists'

- Sardines Magazine

Crush taps into the subversive undercurrents of its source and brings them to the fore, producing a show that’s boldly queer and a little bit crazy, yet with enough innocent exuberance to make it family-friendly, too’

- British Theatre Guide

‘Energetic, jolly, and just plain silly… Faithfully recreating and poking gentle fun at the whole range of “girls’ school” tropes’

- The Stage

Maureen Chadwick is the creator and writer of a wide range of award-winning, critically acclaimed and controversial shows for both television and theatre, including single plays, primetime drama series, stage plays and musicals.

She was one of the co-founders and creative directors of Shed Productions, writing and producing a new wave of entertaining and hard-hitting television drama series, notably Bad Girls, Footballers’ Wives and Waterloo Road

Previous television credits include Angels, EastEnders, Coronation Street and BBC Screen One single dramas Watch with Mother and Two Golden Balls.

Previous theatre credits include Joséphine (at BAC and on national tour), Dust (BAC), Bad Girls: The Musical (at West Yorkshire Playhouse and in the West End), The Speed Twins (Riverside Studios) and The Realness (Hackney Downs Studios).

Kath Gotts studied Philosophy and Psychology at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and then went on to study music at Goldsmiths College, London. She has written incidental music and songs for television and theatre, including Bad Girls, The Fugitives, Family Affairs and Waterloo Road on television and Dust, The Bodies and Any Which Way for theatre. She wrote the music and lyrics for Bad Girls: The Musical, with book by Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, which was produced at West Yorkshire Playhouse and at the Garrick Theatre in the West End. Her urban musical The Realness, with book by Maureen Chadwick and David Watson, premiered at Hackney Downs Studios in 2014, in a co-production with The Big House.

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