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The Bloody Ballad

Presented by Gagglebabble

By Lucy Rivers

★★★★
THE ARTS DESK

“As good an original score as you’re likely to hear… entertainment, pure but not so simple!”
Gary Raymond, THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

★★★★★
“This feels like a cult classic of the future!”
THREE WEEKS

★★★★★
“Think ‘Grease’ meets ‘Scream’ in this chilling tale of murder, arson and betrayal.”
Rebecca Lunn, THE BIG ISSUE

★★★★★
“It’s a heady mix, and provided you’ve a stomach strong enough – it’s utterly unmissable. Unique and excellent … If Johnny Cash and Nick Cave had written Heathers, they might have come up with something similar.”
Laura Kelly
THE QUOTIDIANT TIMES

★★★★★
“Raucous, riotous and totally debauched ‘The Bloody Ballad’ is Bloody Brilliant!”
THE EDINBURGH REPORTER

★★★★★
“This thrilling journey of romance and murder is exceptionally well-told.”
George Ward

★★★★
Rivers’ original songs are stitched into the story like poodles on a skirt… And it deserves all the word-of-mouth success it currently enjoys.
BROADWAY BABY

★★★★
“The most brilliant, dark and immersive piece of theatre I’ve seen for a long time. David Lynch merged with Nick Cave in a dark alley on crack, set to rocking live performance.”
BUZZ MAGAZINE

Meet Mary: a girl with a dark past who’s had one hell of a week! She’s gonna tell you all about it; how she fell in love, got betrayed, killed two men, gets taken hostage, more murder, a spot of arson, and then fell in love all over again! All backed by the pounding rhythm of the show’s band The Missing Fingers.

Grimm meets Tarantino in this brutal love story set around Memorial Day celebrations in 1950’s America. Featuring original live music inspired by Blues, Rockabilly, and Americana. Part gig, part slasher movie, part road movie, part murder ballad and a whole lotta fun! Music theatre like you’ve never seen before.

Featuring: Mary and The Missing Fingers
Thanks to Arts Council Wales and The National Lottery for supporting this project

Writer: Lucy Rivers
Director: Adele Thomas
Music: Lucy Rivers
Designer: Lisa Leighton
Lighting Designer: Will James & Jane Lalljee
Sound Designer: Dan Lawrence
Creative Associate: Dafydd James
Movement Director: Jem Treays
Fight Director: Kev McCurdy

Cast:
Tom Cottle / Hannah McPake / Dan Messore / Lucy Rivers / Oliver Wood
Supported by Arts Council of Wales and Theatr Iolo
Photography by Kirsten McTernan

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