The collaborative team of Daniel O’Brien, Peter White and Dougal Irvine has developed a synopsis for a new musical set in and around an English coastal village of the 18th century.
The village devotes most of its energies to the business of wrecking – the luring of merchant ships to their doom on the rocks that threaten safe passage from Bristol to the wide Atlantic Ocean. It is a village mired in the morality and practices of a bygone era. Isolated, superstitious, violent and immoral, its inhabitants go about their illegal, yet highly profitable business.
Presiding over the coastline, situated on a rocky outcrop, stands a Lighthouse whose inhabitants are secretive and reclusive. The old Lighthouse Keeper and a young dual-heritage girl co-exist alone. Nobody knows them well and nobody wants to know them. Just so long as the light is doused on a stormy night when a fully laden ship is in the Channel.
Into this community rides a young University student bringing Enlightenment modernity to the place. He uncovers secrets, exposes prejudice and discovers some frightening evidence of a spirit presence – both malevolent and powerful.
It’s a story of morality and immorality, prejudice and honesty, slavery and freedom, love and hatred underpinned by an all-pervasive sense of the supernatural.
DICK WHITTINGTON by Daniel O'Brien
Thrilled to be working with Hiss and Boo on their Panto for the Riverfront Theatre in Newport, South Wales. I am both writing and directing this one.