VIDEO: Musical chosen for Corby third Big Night Out

Danny Hero announced as new Corby musical. Picture by Kate Dyer
Danny Hero announced as new Corby musical. Picture by Kate Dyer

Danny Hero has been chosen as the musical which will be peformed in Corby next summer.

It was selected by a panel of theatre and musical experts and a lively theatre audience at The Core at Corby Cube.

Danny Hero is the story of 15-year old Danny McIntyre, created by children’s author lyricist and playwright Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe, an award-winning English composer, lyricist and writer for British, international and off-Broadway musicals.

Danny McIntyre lives with his mum, Sheila.

But where Danny truly lives is in his head – in a wonderful, colourful fantasy world where he is a powerful superhero sent to Earth from space to defend the human race and fight for all that is true and just.

The schoolboy that everyone sees each day, lost in his own little world of comic books and stories, is a brilliant disguise to protect his secret identity!

Things happen to Danny until the moment when he finds the strength inside himself to face a real threat in the real world – and save his community and the people closest to him.

Director Andy Barnes from Perfect Pitch, the national company commissioned by Made in Corby to develop a new musical for Corby with the people of Corby, said: “Congratulations to Tim and Laurence and to the professional actors and musicians who brought Danny Hero to life so brilliantly in just 10 minutes.

“The three other ideas, pitched by writers Dougal Irvine, Rebecca Applin, Susannah Pearse, Craig Adams and Andrew Doyle, were also incredibly well received by the audience and the panel members who were faced with a tough choice.

“Given the commitment and time invested by all the teams we’d love to see opportunities arise for all the pitches to continue their development into full musicals.”

Perfect Pitch, Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe, the Made in Corby Community Producing Committee and Corby Amateur Theatrical Society (CATS) will be working together over the next 12 months creating the musical that will be performed at The Core in October 2016.

Made in Corby’s programme manager Helen Willmott said: “There will be many opportunities for local Corby people to be involved along the way, both on and off stage.

“Anyone interested in being involved should sign up on our Made in Corby Facebook page.”

Saturday’s event was hosted by broadcaster and Northants Telegraph columnist Richard Oliff.

The panel of judges included artistic director of the Royal & Derngate James Dacre, assistant producer at The Ambassador Theatre Group Sarah Gimblett, executive producer of Curve, Leicester, Chris Stafford, literary associate at Bristol Old Vic James Peries, and soloist Martin McEvoy.

Members of the Corby Community Producing Committee Karen Morgan, Peter Morgan, Paul Mottram and Janis Young with Helen Willmott for Made in Corby also sat on the panel.

The 2016 musical is Made in Corby’s third major Big Night Out commission, in a three-year programme funded by Arts Council England that brings high quality artists together with Corby’s communities.

Made in Corby is funded by Arts Council England, as part of its national Creative People and Places programme.