A New Musical based on Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Sylvia's Lovers'

Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Showcase 2009

George Wood Theatre, London, UK



Book, Music and Lyrics Eleanor Agius

Production Designer Apinya Anphanlam

Lighting Designer William Ingham

Musical Director Katy Russell

Director Albin Balint

Producer Chin Kyu Kim

Cast Chantal Amber-Rose, Kate Ankers, Elaine Gracie, Howard Grater, Richard Hale, Cassie Hubert, Richard Kent, Jenny Lawford, Alexandra Mae, Kimberley Moses, Steven Rostance, Randy Smartnick

Band Katy Russell (Violin), Anna Matus (Cello), James Cleeve (Piano, Accordion), John Wright (Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion)



Set during the French Revolutionary Wars in a remote whaling-port on the north-east coast of England, the inhabitants of Monkshaven live in fear of the callous pressgang who snatch returning sailors before they can reach their friends and families. Sylvia Robson - the heroine of the musical - is a young girl in search of romance and loved by two very different men: the bold sailor Charley Kinraid and the cautious and conventional Philip Hepburn, who idolizes her. When Sylvia and Charley fall in love, Philip's jealousy leads to betrayal as he separates the couple forever.


The score of Kinraid is best described as theatrical folk music, influenced by modern folk artists such as Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby.


Photographs courtesy of Apinya Anphanlam

Video excerpt courtesy of Eleanor Agius