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fairystories

Music, book & lyrics by Paul Graham Brown
(German translation: Nina Schneider)

Loosely based on the story of the Cottingley Fairies that held the world in thrall in the 1920s. Two children, Henry and Polly, forge photographs of fairies dancing by a stream. These pictures, of paper cut outs mounted on hatpins, get authenticated by Spiritualist author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But the photographs have devastating consequences for Henry and his grieving father, who becomes convinced that these fairies bear a message from his late wife.

A gentle and optimistic tale of imagination and inner life, of grieving and healing. A melodic musical, full of heart and suitable for the whole family.

“The songs are beautiful…the overall impression in this piece is one of charm and warmth. It displays the courage of its own convictions and never patronises its audience…Its honesty of intent and execution is its greatest strength” (Global Search for New Musicals Jury, Cardiff/London)
“Spins an intriguing tale” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Production history:

Final round show National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival, New York 2005 & 2007
Final round show Global Search for New Musicals, Cardiff & London 2005
Developmental work with Academy for New Musical Theatre, Los Angeles 2006
Workshop production Theatre Building Chicago, August 2006
Developmental production Village Theatre, Issaquah (Seattle) December 2006
Staged reading Theatre Royal Drury Lane (West End, London) June 2009

Cast size:

4 men, 2 women
Scored for piano and double bass. Orchestrations in preparation.

Performance rights available from Felix Bloch Erben Verlag, Berlin. For US enquiries: Abrams Artists Agency, New York

Works in Progress

  • Nude with Violin: Musical comedy based on the Noel Coward play of the same name.
  • A Time to Change: a quick-change musical farce for “identical twins”.