Project Description

JEKYLL & HYDE

I worked on the 2019 Birmingham Rep production of Evan Placey’s Jekyll & Hyde. The show was performed by The Young Rep, the Rep’s youth theatre company for young people aged 14-18.

Placey’s script is a radical, feminist retelling of the story with the three lead characters being female roles. It is set both in Victorian and contemporary England and manages to blend gothic horror with a modern thriller. To reflect these contrasting styles for the first Act, which is set in the Victorian era, I composed music in the style of gothic horror film scores with an orchestral palette. The script demanded music for the multiple scene changes, dramatic music for the murders and Jekyll/Hyde transformations and music for a seedy Soho bar/brothel, for which I made arrangements of music hall songs. In the second act, which slips between a contemporary setting and the Victorian world, I drew on the themes in the first act to make electronic arrangements and additional music.

Jekyll & Hyde was performed at Birmingham Rep, The House, 18-27 April 2019.

JEKYLL & HYDE

I worked on the 2019 Birmingham Rep production of Evan Placey’s Jekyll & Hyde. The show was performed by The Young Rep, the Rep’s youth theatre company for young people aged 14-18.

Placey’s script is a radical, feminist retelling of the story with the three lead characters being female roles. It is set both in Victorian and contemporary England and manages to blend gothic horror with a modern thriller. To reflect these contrasting styles for the first Act, which is set in the Victorian era, I composed music in the style of gothic horror film scores with an orchestral palette. The script demanded music for the multiple scene changes, dramatic music for the murders and Jekyll/Hyde transformations and music for a seedy Soho bar/brothel, for which I made arrangements of music hall songs. In the second act, which slips between a contemporary setting and the Victorian world, I drew on the themes in the first act to make electronic arrangements and additional music.

Jekyll & Hyde was performed at Birmingham Rep, The House, 18-27 April 2019.

Director – Tessa Walker

Composer & Sound designer – Iain Armstrong

Lighting Designer – Simon Bond

Set & Costume Designer – Cecilia Carey

Movement Director – Sarah Worth

Photographer – Graeme Braidwood / Birmingham Repertory Theatre

“With echoes of Frank Wedekind, Martin McDonagh and Black Mirror, this is a playful, promiscuous retelling…It offers no easy answers. But for even daring to entertain darkly radical remedies for injustice, this is thrilling stuff.”

Gareth Llyr Evans, The Guardian

“It is uncompromisingly dark and at times – downright confrontational. Overall this gender swapping Jekyll and Hyde is a gothic delight.”

“A brave adaptation indeed, with powerful central performances that show great promise and visual sequences stunning in their originality and impact.”

Selwyn Knight, The Reviews Hub

Director – Tessa Walker

Composer & Sound designer – Iain Armstrong

Lighting Designer – Simon Bond

Set & Costume Designer – Cecilia Carey

Movement Director – Sarah Worth

Photographer – Graeme Braidwood / Birmingham Repertory Theatre

“With echoes of Frank Wedekind, Martin McDonagh and Black Mirror, this is a playful, promiscuous retelling…It offers no easy answers. But for even daring to entertain darkly radical remedies for injustice, this is thrilling stuff.”

Gareth Llyr Evans, The Guardian

“It is uncompromisingly dark and at times – downright confrontational. Overall this gender swapping Jekyll and Hyde is a gothic delight.”

“A brave adaptation indeed, with powerful central performances that show great promise and visual sequences stunning in their originality and impact.”

Selwyn Knight, The Reviews Hub