St. Anne Comes Home

Writer & Composer:

Jack Miles

Director:

Martha Geelan

Musical Supervisor:

Joe Beighton

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Plot

London can be lonely

But on the steps of St. Anne's Church, two people strike up an unlikely friendship. James has spent years running away from his problems, while Bridget is trapped by hers. 

Told through original folk music, St. Anne Comes Home is a story about community, fear and forgiveness, that explores how reaching out might help us find our way. 

Following the sellout run of the outdoor production in August 2020, WWP is excited to present the show inside the Actors' Church in April 2021. 

Philosophy

About the show

London can be lonely. But on the steps of St. Anne's Church, two people strike up an unlikely friendship. James has spent years running away from his problems, while Bridget is trapped by hers. 

Told through original folk music, St. Anne Comes Home is a story about community, fear and forgiveness, that explores how reaching out might help us find our way. 

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Era

holocene

diet

carnevore

family

hybrid

height

6.29m

length

15.53m

weight

7-8t

Main Actors

Cast

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James

Jordan Castle

Bridget

Rebecca McKinnis

Russell

Dan Buckley

Video 1

Watch The Meaning of Home

Sung by Jordan Castle & Rebecca McKinnis

Creators

About the Creative Team

Writer & Composer   |   Jack Miles


Jack Miles has been composing music for over ten years. In 2018, he was awarded a Master’s degree with Distinction in Musical Theatre Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Current projects include: St. Anne Comes Home, Adeline and The Problem with Fletcher Mott.​ St. Anne Comes Home received its debut as part of Iris Theatre’s Summer Season in 2020. This folk musical about community, friendship and compassion played sold-out performances outdoors in the garden of The Actor’s Church. Produced by Willow Walk Productions, it will return in 2021.​ The Problem with Fletcher Mott, a funk-pop musical about a struggling playwright, was composed as part of his Master’s degree. The show received a sold-out independent production in 2019, and is currently in further development.​ Adeline explores the struggle to find true happiness in the age of millennial burnout, and uses a light jazz score. It will premiere at Venue 45 at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021, in a two-week run produced by Taxi Man Productions. Alongside composing, Jack is a keen educator, and has worked with students at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) and Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD) as a Musical Director and Guest Composer respectively.​ Jack co-writes for the space western comedy fiction podcast The Kingfisher Chronicles. He also plays bass for singer-songwriter Matt MacGregor, as well as being a BBC Introducing-featured singer-songwriter himself. He adores the creative work of Stephen Sondheim, Rik Mayall, and the Coen Brothers.




Director | Martha Geelan


Martha Geelan studied BA Drama at the University of East Anglia from 2012-2015. I loved it. I did my dissertation in scriptwriting and graduated having directed as many plays as I could possibly squeeze in (including a couple at the Edinburgh Fringe..!). I entered the world of assistant, and then associate directing, as soon as I got back to London. And once I landed my first job at the Menier Chocolate Factory, (assistant director on She Loves Me), the fun really started. I met Trevor Nunn there and I went on to work as his Associate on four more shows. Our latest project is a new Stiles and Drewe musical, produced by Kenny Wax, called Identical (based on The Parent Trap), where I’m also the Children’s Director. In 2019 our production of Fiddler on the Roof transferred to the West End and won an Olivier for Best Musical Revival. I direct my own shows, too. Most recently, I directed a socially-distanced outdoor run of new folk musical, St Anne Comes Home (we sold out and so we’re back for another run in April!). I am also a writer. Mainly a book-writer for musicals, but I also write fiction and poetry for fun. I love text. And because of that, I’m also a dramaturg. A what?? Basically, I help writers. With whatever they need help with. With their ideas. With what they want to say and how they’re going to say it. I love the creative conversations I get to have with some of the most exciting minds in new work. I also work with young people. Of all ages. I’m an Associate Artist at the Young Shakespeare Company. I deliver storytelling workshops to children all round the country. And I direct professional productions with amazingly talented actors who go and perform in their schools. I’ve taught at drama schools, I’ve done outreach projects for shows, and I’ve run auditions for young performers in London, Nottingham and Bath. I provide 1-1 private drama sessions, too, and I teach online courses for Role Models. My teaching extends to adults too, to professionals. I offer 1-1 sessions with performers (online these days) who want to hone their acting skills, or want to smash a big audition, or who are off to drama school and would like some help. I teach acting at musical theatre graduate programme, London Theatre Runway. My classes are designed to both build the confidence of performers who feel that acting isn’t their strong suit and to push and challenge those who want and need it. Basically, I like working with people. And getting the best out of people. And all my work comes down to that.




Musical Supervisor | Joe Beighton


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Sound Designer | Charlie Smith


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Creators

Show Photography

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August 2020 Production Shots

The company that owns the park decides to open a new attraction to attract more visitors. To do this, the company's scientists are creating a new and very dangerous species of dinosaur - the indominus Rex. The first scene of the film shows two small Indominus Rex hatching from the eggs, but later only one remains, who ate the twin. 

Photos by Harry Grout

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August Rehearsal Photography

The company that owns the park decides to open a new attraction to attract more visitors. To do this, the company's scientists are creating a new and very dangerous species of dinosaur - the indominus Rex. The first scene of the film shows two small Indominus Rex hatching from the eggs, but later only one remains, who ate the twin. 

Photos by Danny Kaan

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Music

Music from St. Anne

The music is a live recordinng from the August production.

Production Specifics

About the show

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Dates

12 - 17 April 2021

Venue

St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ED

Times

7:30pm + 2:30pm

Running time

Approx 70 mins (no interval)

Age guidence

Recommended 12+

Ticket price

Bubble Bench £40 (Seats two who are bubbled together) Individual £20 (Limited availability)

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Reviews

Critical response

★★★★★

“The Beginnings of A Very Exciting Age of Theatre”

A YOUNGER THEARE

★★★★

“Pitch Perfect”

THE SPY IN THE STALLS

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