Music by Stephen Keeling
Book and lyrics by Ed Hardy
NEW! The newly digitally restored recording of the entire concert performance can now be heard on Stephen's SoundCloud channel as well as song highlights!
Stephen collaborated with Edward Hardy (who set up and ran the Mercury Workshop for several years, 'Martin Guerre' lyricist and now a successful children's author) on a musical adaptation of Antonia Barber's famous story “The Ghosts”. The novel was made into a very popular film in 1972 "The Amazing Mr Blunden" which was directed by Lionel Jeffries and was the first film Stephen saw at the cinema. Stephen met Ed on the Sondheim Masterclass in Oxford and after getting on very well, they naturally decided to collaborate on a musical and chose 'The Ghosts'. They worked on the show over a three year period which culminated in a fantastic Concert Performance in 1995 at the Theatre Museum, Covent Garden attended by Antonia Barber (Antonia had previously attended a private play-through of the show). Presented by the Mercury Workshop and directed by Steven Dexter the truly excellent performance was unfortunately seen by very few people. In August 2016, on the hottest day of the year, Stephen and Ed met up to go through the whole show. More information soon!
THE RESTORATION OF THE CONCERT PERFORMANCE RECORDING
When only a handful of people came to see the fantastic concert performance we were terribly disappointed not least because of the truly wonderful performance given by the cast led by Norma Atallah. So we simply put it on the shelf and moved on to other things. Happily however, the excellent performance was preserved on the recording that has just been superbly digitally restored by Tim Hutton at Stage Door Records and you can now hear the stunning concert performance in its entirety (as well as song highlights) by clicking on the links to the SoundCloud channel.
Update: I am currently digitising the piano score. Some of the songs are now available on Score Exchange.
Appearing in the 1995 Concert Performance were:
Norma Atallah (as Mrs Wickens), Craig Pinder, Eddie Glen, Francesca Ellis, Ruth Platt,
Sam Christey, Daniel Hopkins,
Suzy Cooper, Peter Prentice.
Musical Director: Carlton Edwards.
Music/Lyrics Copyright © 1994 Hardy/Keeling
Listen to the digitally restored recording in its entirety and song highlights on SoundCloud
The novel by Antonia Barber