The autumn season opens at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with Our Day Out – The Musical, the iconic Willy Russell play.
And this is a very special production. The week long run will see a professional cast and crew work alongside a young cast from the theatre’s summer school at Theatre Royal.
It’s a unique opportunity, which doesn’t come along often, for youngsters aged 12 to 19, to perform in a fantastic show.
The multi award-winning Willy Russell developed the musical from his 1977 BBC television play, working with Chris Mellor and Bob Eaton. The production, directed by Bob Eaton, premiered at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool in 1983.
In 2009, Willy, who went on to write Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers, rewrote the musical and updated it, giving it a more modern feeling.
The musical is about a group of unruly students from an inner-city school in Liverpool whose day trip to Alton Towers is hijacked and turned into an educational road trip to Conwy Castle in Wales.
Mrs Kay’s unruly Progress Class is unleashed from the classroom and pile onto a bus for a unique trip which turns into a hilarious and heart-warming tale.
Directed by Karen Simpson, the theatre’s director and CEO, and David Whitney, who runs the youth programme, plan to take audiences back to the school days of lollipop men, packed lunches and young love.
Karen Simpson said: “Forty years on from its first production for BBC’s Play for Today, this version updated in 2009, still resonates with themes about the importance of education creating opportunities for young people.
“It’s exactly what is still required and we deliver on stage and off with this home grown production”.
Our Day Out – the Musical runs at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, from August 24 to September 2.