The Realness

Hackney Downs Studios
17, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
13th November – 20th December 2014

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In Autumn 2014, Big Broad Productions and The Big House joined forced to present THE REALNESS, a new urban musical about a bad boy’s struggles on the road from zero to hero.


“The writing has an amazing freedom and candour. It shrinks from nothing. Everything here is dramatic, fresh and brutally gripping. The songs are exceptionally good, a mixture of gospel tunes and soul ballads. ”
Lloyd Evans, The Spectator

“Maureen Chadwick and David Watson’s book is fast-talking, insolently witty and slang-studded, while Kath Gotts’s songs, ranging from hip-hop to R&B, reggae and gospel, have real punch. The production blazes up its grimy streets powered by pure passion.”
Sam Marlowe, The Times

“Unmissable. I guarantee that you’ll be talking about this musical all the way home, and probably wake up next day still thinking about it. It is edgy, poignant, comical, complex, and full of hope. In short, it’s real.” ★★★★★
Anna Malzy, Everything Theatre

“Brimming with robust talent and passion”
Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out


Book – Maureen Chadwick & David Watson
Music & Lyrics – Kath Gotts
An idea from – Maggie Norris


Leroy – Dymond Allen
Shanice – Veronique Andre
Lye / Churchgoer / Traffic Warden – Aaron Russell Andrews
Rox / Churchgoer / Traffic Warden / Flight Attendant – Serael Asphall
Pastor Hovis – Mensah Bediako
Obi the Traffic Warden / Churchgoer / Leroy’s Accountant – KM Drew Boateng
Mikey – Andrew Brown

Prison Officer, Churchgoer – Iona Dawkins
Adele – Jacqui Dubois
Jay Johnson – Ashley Gayle
Marie / Churchgoer / Traffic Warden / Flight Attendant – Jasmine Jobson
Duane / Churchgoer / Traffic Warden – Tyrone Nestor
Tenisha / Churchgoer / Traffic Warden / Flight Attendant – Kyrae Patterson
Prison Officer Stirling / Churchgoer / Bodyguard / Estate Agent – Matthew Schmolle


Director – Maggie Norris
Choreographer – Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Set & Costume Designer – Colin Falconer
Video Design – Mic Pool
Lighting Designer – Joshua Carr
Sound Designer – Ed Clarke
Assistant Choreographer – Freya Sands
Assistant Directors – Laurence Cook and Georgia Rae Duke
Fight Director – Brice Stratford

Musical Director / Keyboard – Michael Henry
Assistant Musical Director / Bass – Joseph Roberts
Music Track Production – Semothy Jones
Ableton Programming – Charlie Allen
Sound No 1 – Thomas Wasley
Sound No 2 – Rebekah Evans
Producer – Samuel Julyan
Production Management – Ian Moore

Deputy Stage Manager – Katie Thackeray
Assistant Stage Manager – Mimi Palmer Johnston
Costume Supervisor – Rosy Emmerich
Associate Lighting Designer – Peter Small
Chief Electrician – Laurence Russell

Press Representation – Katherine Camps for Bright Media
Marketing Support – Team Boom @
Marketing Design – Rich Jackson
Marketing Image Photography – Caroline Coleman
Rehearsal & Production Photography – Catherine Ashmore

For Big Broad Productions:

Executive Producer – Douglas McJannet

For The Big House:

Development Manager – Bryony Hope
Administrator – Hannah Hughes