Music / The Savage

Currently playing at the Live Theatre Newcastle June 30 2016 - July 23 2016

"The score by Northumbrian traditional musician Beth Brennan may be the most sinister application of folk music since The Wicker Man." The Guardian [Read More]

What a year it's been!

In spring 2016 I was commissioned by the Live Theatre to work on their summer event The Savage - a dramatisation of the book by David Almond (known for Skellig)

That was months ago and there's been a lot of recording, rehearsing, fretting, mixing, harmonising, and travelling since then. What a wonderful few months. The director (Max Roberts) and all the production staff were great to work with, and the cast (Dean Bone, Kate Okello, Dani Arlington and Adam Welsh) were all super lovely, and took to the numbers like a dream. Oh yeah, it turned into half a musical. Did I metion that? It's like a musical/fantastic tale/philosophical musing hybrid. The choreographer (Lee Proud) put the most amazing dance sequences together. To my music! I couldn't quite get over that. Even now watching it for the bazillionth time, I swell with pride when they get into a song.

The play itself is a wonderfully dark piece for young adults, although it'll appeal to all ages - I mean that truly. The subject matter is certainly not childish.

So, there's a lot of music in a play like this. But as you can imagine, song backings without cast recordings are a bit dull, so here's a selection of some of the oodles of underscore instead. If you're in and around Newcastle soon, the show's on from 30th June 2016 - 23 July 2016 and you can book here:


1. Blue's Theme
2. Sad Home
3. Dad Theme (demo with synth)
4. River Theme (demo)
5. Hopper Invades Blue's Dream
6. You're Scaring Me
7. Blue Writes More Savage
8. The Savage Heads To Town (demo)
9. Resolution Blue's Theme

Reviews and kind words

**** "As if William Blake had written Byker Grove... a darkly compelling triumph..." The Guardian

***** "...dramatic storytelling, full of action & emotion and an absorbing fantasy." The Journal

" important piece of regional theatre that could make its impact anywhere in the world" British Theatre Guide

"Max Roberts combines a striking story and clever set design by Alison Ashton to bring a fabulous performance out of the 4 strong cast...David Almond has creative a clever tale that both older children and adults will relate to….The Savage is a really impressive production of a thought provoking tale." The North East Theatre Guide

"Dean Bone is outstanding as the boy and the savage and Almond’s writing is superb" The Northern Echo