The musical starts with foot tapping and stamping, exciting Gaelic rhythms with some Irish jigs as Claude introduces some of the Gander residents, teachers Beulah (Jenna Boyd) and Annette (Alice Fearn) and the policeman Oz (Harry Morrison). It is as if we are making new friends as we learn about the residents of Gander and their contribution and also the passengers of Captain Beverley Bass (Alice Fearn)’s plane, an American Airlines flight bound for Dallas, Texas.
The production, a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, is based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, the Emmy® Award nominated lead scriptwriter of the second season of international smash hit Killing Eve, with a brand new score from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel.
This musical is a celebration of feminism, there is a Lesbian romance and everything is seen from the feminine perspective. There are also social comments: we learn that in Southwark in 1736/7, 9000 children died from gin poisoning.