Mark Buckingham Creates Queen Ayesha!
Mark Buckingham, a famous DC Comics artist, has created the picture of Queen Ayesha which will represent the protagonist of 'She' in the future releases and publishings related to Clive Nolan's musical. Buckingham and Nolan first met in 2012. The meeting resulted in what has become the most recognisable image of Professor Samuel King, the hero of Clive's second musical, 'Alchemy'. Mark also designed the logo for Nolan's jubilee event, 'The Fire and the Quest', bringing together the main characters of two musicals in one picture.
Clive Nolan: “It was a real stroke of luck meeting Mark. I have always loved the flavour of graphic art - we touched on this with the 'Pepper's Ghost' album from Arena. The chance to apply Mark's talents to the musicals was irresistible. I still harbour the hope to see 'Alchemy' as a full graphic novel - who knows.”
Mark Buckingham has been working in comics for over 28 years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. He is known for his work on numerous comics including Miracleman (Marvelman), Hellblazer, Sandman, Death, Shade the Changing Man, Generation-X, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Doctor Who, The Titans and Peter Parker: Spider-man.
'The Fire and the Quest' SOLD OUT!
We are proud to announce that Clive Nolan's jubilee event, 'The Fire and the Quest' is now SOLD OUT! The mini festival will celebrate 10 years of Clive's musicals with the premiere of the new productions of 'She' and 'Alchemy' and the acoustic concert featuring special guests. Rehearsals have already begun and works on scenery and costumes are in full swing now. The casts and the production team are getting ready for what will be their biggest venture of 2015.
Clive Nolan: "I am very happy to hear that the 'Fire and the Quest' event is now sold out! With three and a half months to go, we can now concentrate our energies on the actual shows. I must admit I am curious to see the new production of 'She', complete with a new character and new material. We also have some great guests for Saturday afternoon as well. Right... lots to do!"
Rehearsals to begin soon!
With only four months left until Clive Nolan's jubilee festival, 'The Fire and the Quest' in Cheltenham, the preparations for the shows are about to begin. The new productions of 'She' and 'Alchemy', require new sceneries, new set of costumes and props and great deal of creative thinking and planning. The reheasals schedules are now being finalised and the casts of both musicals will soon be able to begin intensive work on the scripts.
Ian Baldwin (the director): "The rehearsal schedule is just being finalised, rehearsal CDs being pressed and a rehearsal script being prepared for the start of a new Caamora journey along a previously trodden path… but featuring a new song, a new character and a new cast in 'She' as well as some changes to enhance the flow and understanding of the story. It will be similar… but very different!"
'Job's Lament' Recorded!
We are happy to announce that a new 'She' song, performed by Ian Baldwin, the director of the new production, also cast in the role of Job, has been now recorded! Job is a new character introduced into the musical in early 2015. The new song is designed to serve as a comic relief in the show. Job, who in H.R. Haggard’s novel is a tragic character destined to die in the foreign Kingdom of Kor, in Nolan’s musical serves a different purpose. A faithful servant and companion of Leo and Holly, Job offers words of caution and advice to his friends, who, blinded by Queen Ayesha, fail to notice dangers surrounding them. ‘Job’s Lament’ is a humorous, witty song, offering an insight into a down-to-earth attitude of the 19th century Englishman. The song, as performed by Ian is an entertaining addition to the otherwise dark and serious story.