Only You Can Save
Book and Lyrics by Shaun McKenna
Music by Leighton James House
Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett
Produced by Sarah Broadhurst for Broadhouse Productions
Johnny Maxwell is an unhappy teenage boy whose parents are breaking up. He takes refuge in computer games - but, to his horror, cyberspace and reality collide when the Crocodile-like Captain of the Scree Wee ship starts talking to him, suing for peace and an escort home.
Johnny and his friends - together with the feisty fellow-player Kirsty - have to find a way to stop the world being destroyed by the rebellious Gunnery Officer and lead the Scree Wee home to their own planet.
The first professional production was at the Pleasance, Edinburgh during the 2004 Edinburgh festival. It was directed by Christian Durham, with Musical Staging by Dawn Buckland, Musical Supervision and Arrangements by John Rigby and Musical Director Laurie Perkins.
The cast included Bennett Andrews, Tim Frater, Jonathan Glew, Ashleigh Gray, Richard Hartley, Ben Heathcote and Lucy Walker.
The album was produced by Neil Brock with orchestrations by Tom Deering. It was engineered by Rupert Coulson.
"If I'd known it would be so good, I'd have written a better book."
Sir Terry Pratchett
"The songs are excellent, witty, melodic... This is clearly a show with a future..."
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
Shaun McKenna & Leighton James House
Leighton James House,
Sharon D Clarke, Terry Pratchett,
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