Article from the East Kent Mercury (27th March 2014, p.37)
Fate is strange. Lewis Edmunds first met Jane Jones 15 years ago when he was at school and she was his dentist. Now they’ve got together to write a brand new musical called Dreamlands.
This came about when the pair met up again on the stage of the community musical “Oh Mr Pooter!” at the Whitstable Playhouse in 2011. Jane wrote the script for Dreamlands in the back seat of a car travelling across Mexico in summer 2013 and Lewis set the words to music.
Lewis, from Aylesham, decided to teach himself to read music when he was 15. Once he’d got himself a piano and a teacher he progressed at breakneck speed, achieving Grade 5 in 2 years. Lewis is now in his final year at university studying musical composition and his ambition is to compose and direct a Broadway show. He cites Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim as his musical influences and admires their craft and creativity. His favourite musical is Sweeney Todd. He has composed solo piano and saxophone pieces, directs two string quartets, has been musical director for several shows and also teaches piano and voice, but Dreamlands is his own very first musical. Lewis says that the whole point of a composer is to work in the community and it feels amazing to hear his music being performed by an enthusiastic and talented group of people.
Dreamlands is performed by The Really Promising Company and was inspired by Turner’s paintings of Kent. The main story is set in Turner Contemporary in Margate and is a poignant tale of lost love and fading memory – a confused elderly lady takes one final nostalgic trip to Margate with her daughter – the places they visit remind her vividly of her youth, her hopes and dreams and her first love. The tale is interwoven with events and characters from East Kent’s history and is moving, funny and very entertaining. Original artwork by William Rhys Jones forms a backdrop and Christine Ramsay directs.
Jane and Lewis are pictured here in the shelter on Margate beach, where TS Elliot wrote his poem ‘The Waste Lands’.
In February some members of the Really Promising Company were accepted as a team in the Eggsheads quiz show. The team entered the competition to publicise the group and possibly raise some funds for future productions.
The show was broadcast on Thursday 16th October 2014, 6pm on BBC2.
Watch this space!