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Tyneham is inspiration for musical
A DORSET ‘ghost’ village has provided the inspiration for a new musical.
‘Tyneham: No Small Sacrifice’ is a musical interpretation surrounding the downfall of Tyneham during November 1943.
The story is being brought to life in a musical by new theatre company Generations Apart.
The village was evacuated by the War Office to train troops in readiness for D-Day.
Villagers were promised they could return after the war but the promise was never kept.
The musical has been put together to mark the 70th anniversary of the evacuation.
It captures the wide range of emotions and conflicting views of the villagers, highlighting the sacrifice they made for their country. The score has been written by former All Saints School pupil Jordan Clarke, 17, in his first professional role as composer.
He has written a full orchestration for a cast of 35, while studying composition and A-levels at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
It has created an interesting long distance writing partnership with 67-year-old lyricist and show director, Vince Jones.
Based in Dorset, Vince has a long history of involvement with musical theatre.
The idea was conceived by long-term friend of Vince’s, Geoff Tizzard King, pictured, president of Weymouth Operatic Society.
Mr Tizzard King said: “I’ve been involved with musical theatre for a long time and I’ve also loved visiting Tyneham.
“With all the information now available regarding Tyneham I began to realise there was a musical waiting to be written.
“So I turned to my old friend Vince Jones who is a great writer and new friend Jordan who is a fantastic musician. I expressed the idea to them and they were captivated and the project took off from there.”
The show is being performed at Weymouth College’s Bay Theatre from October 30 until November 2 with evening performances and a matinee on November 2.
Book tickets by calling 0844 8700 887 or visit the website tynehamthemusical.com
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