REVIEW: The In-Between a new fantasy musical by Laura Tisdall

Over the past few months I’ve been receiving emails, tweets and links from the musical theatre world about this new musical – with book, music and lyrics by Laura Tisdall.

Laura graduated from the University of Surrey with a First Class BMus (Hons) degree in Music.  Since graduating, Laura has written the music for the Hugh Wooldridge/Bill Kenwright UK tour of The Haunting, starring Paul Nicholas.  Her first musical, Faerytale, was showcased by Guildford School of Acting at the Electric Theatre. The In-Between is Laura’s second musical.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Laura has been Musical Associate for The Night of 1000 Voices, Kerry Ellis and Brian May’s Anthems: The Concert and The Wonderful World of Captain Beaky, with Vanessa Redgrave, Joanna Lumley and Hugh Bonneville; all at the Royal Albert Hall. She was also arranger/orchestrator for the Cantabile Christmas Cracker (Prince of Wales Theatre).

It’s avaliable as a seven track concept album here from i-tunes.

Now what really attracted my attention were the sheer quality of the performers appearing on the concept album – they make up the great and the good of the current West End: Hadley Fraser, Dianne Pilkington, Daniel Boys, Cassie Compton, Sabrina Aloueche, Julie Atherton, Lauren Samuels, Alexia Khadime and Liam Tamne.

The story goes…

          Sarcastic nineteen-year-old dropout and perpetual under-achiever, Flick Wimple, has always lived in the shadow of her caring but neurotic elder sister, Alice. Since their parents died in a car crash, Alice has had to become more of a mother to Flick – a responsibility that traps them both and heightens their love-hate relationship. Resigned to the way things are, Flick determines to expect nothing exceptional from life and give little in return.        

             She is forced to re-evaluate, however, when one day she steps through the wrong doorway and finds herself trapped in the space between parallel worlds; the place known as The In-Between. There she is met by the mysterious, if slightly nerdy, Guide Calicus; a young man who has spent his entire life leading people between worlds. He offers Flick the chance to leave her problems behind and journey to another world and, as he leads her through the In-Between, the two begin to form a close bond, causing him to wonder what it would be like to live a life of his own.        

             But all is not right in the In-Between; other Guides are starting to go missing and tears are appearing in the walls… Ultimately, Flick must make a choice; to hold on to her past, her sister and the world she knows, or risk everything to try and save much more…           

Check it out the website here it’s really worth a look and listen. Hopefully it will get produced in the West End soon.

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