7 September - 22 October 2016
★★★★★ ‘Effortlessly moving. Joyful, sobering and spellbinding.’ Londonist ★★★★★ ‘A story that deserves to be heard and seen’ londontheatre1 ★★★★...
Runner Bean Ltd Presents
Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
“Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds and wives” Siegfried Sassoon
In the year that commemorates 100 years since the Battle of Gallipoli, Runner Bean Productions presents The Dreamers, which will receive its London debut at the St. James Theatre.
With original words and music by James Beeny and Gina Georgio, this new musical tells the true story of war hero Captain David ‘Reggie’ Salomons who led his regiment Third Field Company to Gallipoli in 1915.
This unique piece of theatre features a 6-piece contemporary band, ‘Virgin Soldiers’, a cast of 20 amateur young men and women performers and on-screen narration from Amanda Redman, Christopher Beeny, Tim Rice and others.
Set during 1914-15, The Dreamers sees the outbreak of the First World War through the eyes of the soldiers and the families they left behind. As Captain Salomons prepares his men for battle, one soldier Jack Hastings grows jealous of his popularity and position, and, unsettled by the prospect of what lies ahead, tries to stir trouble amongst the men. A 12-year-old boy is desperate to join the army, not wanting to be left out of the ‘great adventure’. Everyday women become nurses and factory-workers. The War Cabinet is forced to make impossible decisions.
This emotional tale of courage and heroism brought audiences of all ages to their feet and moved many to tears when it premiered at The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, in October 2014.
“This is exactly what the centenary should be about; young people engaging, getting involved and playing their part. This music captures the essence of commemoration across the generations.” Lady Lucy French, Director of the St. James Theatre
Photography credit: Linda Blacker