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Paul Boyd

PAUL BOYD  (1972 - )

Nationality:    British/Irish
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Born in Northern Ireland, Paul Boyd is the author and composer of 15 original stage musicals that have been presented in 35 professional productions across Ireland. as well as being renowned for his musical adaptations of famous tales such as Hansel & Grettel, Red - the Red Riding Hood Musical, Pinocchio ('Best Musical' 2003, Belfast Telegraph's Sunday Life Drama Review of the Year) and the award-nominated alice The Musical ('Best Drama' 1999 Belfast Arts awards), Paul has continued to build on the success of his adult-themed musical works Torch Song Trilogy and Macbeth The Musical with shows such as McCool, the story of Irish mythological wild-child Finn McCool (which in 2006 won a much coveted place as a UK entry to the National alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in New York) and Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory (which was short-listed for The Highland Quest for a New Musical in 2006). Paul has written successful plays, scores for theatre, and is also known for his composition for civic events - including the original music for Belfast's Lord Mayor's Parade in 2005, Belfast City Hall's Centenary Celebrations in 2006, and Northern Ireland's annual RMS Titanic exhibitions. More details at www.pbmusicals.com

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below is a list of Paul Boyd's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland         Elves And The Shoemaker, The         Hansel & Grettel         James Young Lives! (The ThoUSAnd And More Nights Of Laughter)         Little Mermaid, The         Mccool Xxl (The Original Rock Legend)         Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory         Pinocchio         Red Riding Hood         Rumpelstiltskin (The Christmas Musical)         Smelly Won't Behave!



Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Synopsis:
alice The Musical, Paul Boyd's acclaimed adaptation of the books of Lewis Carroll, is his most popular production and has proved to be a big hit time and time again with audiences, critics and venue managers alike. The show has been staged in six professional productions since it was premiered in 1998 and was Paul's first show for Northern Ireland's national producing theatre the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The original production was nominated as 'Best Drama' at the annual Belfast arts awards. Telling the story of alice and her attempts to escape from the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland this full-scale musical is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of seven, lead by the sassy Cheshire Cat, and features the songs "What'ya Gonna Do?", "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and "The White Knight's Song" as well as alice's haunting ballad, "Home", the Queen of Hearts' show-stopper "Have Heart", the Caterpillar's outrageous samba "Nothing Here Makes Sense" and a seven-minute mega-mix finale that has audiences on their feet cheering for more!

Notes:
original book by Lewis Carroll.

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Lyric Theatre

1st Published:
script available at: www.pbmusicals.com,    -

Music:
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Genre:
musical adaptation Musical

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  4            Other:  Multi-roleplaying cast of seven

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Elves And The Shoemaker, The

Synopsis:
Old Mr. Shoemaker and his wife must find enough money to pay their evil landlord Dr. Martin and keep a roof over their heads for Christmas. Will Holly and Ivor elf and their steward Stewart be able to save the day?

Notes:
Book by Orla McKeagney And Emily Thomas. Music And lyrics by Paul Boyd.

1st Produced:
tour to primary schools in Northern Ireland.    1995

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Music:
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Genre:
Theatre for Young audiences One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Hansel & Grettel

Synopsis:
Paul Boyd's musical of Hansel and Grettel has been staged in five professional productions since it premiered in 1997 and has consistently been one of his best selling productions. The Lyric Theatre's 1999 version broke box office records and remains the most successful musical production ever staged in the Belfast theatre's long history. This full-length musical tells the story of two badly behaved children, two desperate parents and an ill-advised trip into the woods where the children meet birds, frogs and a witch with a most unusual taste in home decor. The show is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of five aided and abetted by magic feathers, wonderful wishes and wise words. Featuring the songs "a World Without Children", "The Wish Song" and "Step Inside!" as well as Hansel and Grettel's ballad "Lost and alone", Fats the Frog's "Singin' the Greens", the bird chorus' "Better From a Bird's Eye View" and the Witch's hysterical show-stopper "Children's Portions" - all rounded off with pbm's most popular and exciting mega-mix finale!

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Riverside Theatre, University of Ulster, Ireland    1997

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Genre:
Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  Multi-roleplaying cast of five

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James Young Lives! (The ThoUSAnd And More Nights Of Laughter)

Synopsis:
a play about the local Belfast actor James Young and all the lives he touched

Notes:
written by Paul Boyd, Paddy Scully

1st Produced:
Group Theatre, Belfast, Ireland    1999

Organisations:
Belfast Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Little Mermaid, The

Synopsis:
This spectacular water-based, non-verbal production of the Hans Christian andersen classic The Little Mermaid was created by writer and composer Paul Boyd and Big Telly Theatre Company's artistic director Zoe Seaton and began life touring to swimming pools in Ireland in 2005. The original tour, produced by Big Telly (Northern Ireland's oldest independent theatre producer), was soon extended at the request of venues and promoters from across the UK and around the world. The show was initially staged for a simple three week engagement in May 2005 but relentless international interest, rave reviews and amazing audience reaction eventually kept the show on the road for just over a year and a half. By the time the production finally closed in November 2006 The Little Mermaid had been performed to over twenty-eight thoUSAnd people in one hundred and twenty sell-out performances, had toured across five different countries on two continents and gone through a number of design alterations, rewrites and cast changes.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
World Tour    2005

Organisations:
Big Telly Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Water Spectacular Musical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  Multi-roleplaying cast of ten

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Mccool Xxl (The Original Rock Legend)

Synopsis:
McCool was commissioned and first produced by Northern Ireland's oldest independent theatre producer Big Telly Theatre Company in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The musical, based on the story of Irish mythological wild-child Finn McCool, toured Ireland extensively in 2002 and developed a cult following across the country. Staged as an exciting multi-media rock concert McCool is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of five and charts the life of Finn McCool from his lowly beginning as an abandoned baby to his eventual position as Ireland's first superstar. The show features an eclectic, non-stop mix of dance and pop music, culminating in a spectacular mega-mix finale. Songs include "Mythology", "Gotta Grow Up", "I Will Think of You" and "War". In 2006 pbm presented McCool as part of The McCool Project, the company's renowned musical theatre training programme where students rehearsed with a professional cast and crew before appearing on stage in public performances.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Big Telly Theatre Company in association with Lyric Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical Theatre Musical

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  Multi-roleplaying cast of five

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Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory

Synopsis:
The whole town gets an unexpected makeover when a stranger arrives on Mammary Lane in this musical comedy by Paul Boyd. Join the good shopkeepers of Little Happening as they plot to get a few things off their chests. Heavily laden with big laughs, catchy songs, and leaky implants, Molly Wobblys Tit Factory sticks a finely-tuned musical hypodermic firmly into the bosom of todays surgery-obsessed culture. a must see for fans of The Rocky Horror Show, Jerry Springer: the Opera, or avenue Q. This is the adult musical comedy Sweeney Todd wishes he was in!

Notes:
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1st Produced:
The assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    Aug 2012

Organisations:
Lyric Theatre Belfast / The Stand Comedy Club

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Pinocchio

Synopsis:
Pinocchio has quickly become one of the most successful musicals in Paul Boyd's fifteen year career with six professional productions of the show already staged since the first production in 2003. The premiere production of the show was named 'Best Musical 2003' by Belfast Telegraph's Sunday Life Drama Review of the Year and more recently the 2006 - 2007 Lyric Theatre production became the Belfast venue's most successful musical in eight years. Pinocchio is based on the world-famous story by Carlo Collodi and tells the tale of the little wooden boy who wishes he were real. In one of Paul Boyd's funniest scripts well-known characters are given a special twist and a memorable story is told with charm, wit and surprising sophistication. The show is performed by a multi-roleplaying cast of five and features the songs "G.E.P.P.E.T.T.O", "The Giant Whale" and "Come Straight Home" as well as Pinocchio's ballad "Heart of Wood", The Blue-Haired Fairy's comical "Fairy's Song", the Mysterious Man's "Only a Matter of Time" and the show-stopping Broadway-style marionette musical "a Chorus Pine!".

Notes:
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1st Produced:
The Market Place Theatre armagh    2003

Organisations:
pbm

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  Multi-roleplaying cast of five

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Red Riding Hood

Synopsis:
Paul Boyd's musical version of the world's oldest story, Little Red Riding Hood, was commissioned and originally produced by an Grianan Theatre in Co. Donegal. The show tells the story of a troupe of travelling gypsies who camp by the edge of a dark wood and gather to tell stories around a camp fire. The sound of wolves howling from deep within the forest leads the characters to tell the story of one of their ancestors - a mysterious girl who wore a red hood. Extensive research into fairytale history played an important part in the writing process of Red and the many versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story, with their various endings, are used to create an exciting and fun finale to the musical. The show is performed by a cast of five, has been staged in two professional productions since its creation in 2000 and the Red cast recording CD remains pbm's best-selling release. Most recently pbm toured Red as part of The Red Project, the company's renowned musical theatre training programme where students rehearse with a professional cast and crew before appearing on stage in public performances.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
an Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland    2000

Organisations:
an Grianan Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical Theatre Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  Multi-roleplaying cast of five

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Rumpelstiltskin (The Christmas Musical)

Synopsis:
arthur Miller and Queen Bea must discover the true identity of the little imp in the woods who has no name, spins straw into gold and talks in riddles

Notes:
written by Paul Boyd ,Orla McKeagney, Emily Thomas

1st Produced:
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine    1996

Organisations:
Riverside Theatre in association with Kabosh

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Smelly Won't Behave!

Synopsis:
Bertha is the eldest sister of a large family and is always in charge. Her best friend is Smelly the Monster who nobody else can see. Smelly won't behave. He creates messes at home and at school, and Bertha always takes the blame. When her class gets double double double homework because of Smelly's invisible behaviour, however, Bertha has had enough. at her Dad's suggestion she begins to teach the monster manners so that Smelly becomes a very well-behaved monster. as he does so, he even becomes visible, making new friends and getting to star in the school play.

Notes:
This play was written to form the core of A weeklong theatre residency in special schools. The play explores A range of issues such As manners, Acceptable behaviour, focus And A sense of belonging. The play is Also suitable for All young people between 5-

1st Produced:
Oakwood School, Belfast as part of a theatre residency tour    2001

Organisations:
Replay Productions, Belfast, Ireland

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  In the original production four cast members played various additional unspecified roles.

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