"Perfectly Ordinary" - New Musical
Another 4* Review for our premiere of "Perfectly Ordinary" from Musical Theatre Review -
"Suitably complemented by the fluency of his fine playing as musical director and keyboard accompanist, Wilson’s score features first-rate numbers, one standout being ‘Therapy’, which explores the child’s play nature of creative arts and crafts activities, ingeniously combining three nursery rhymes at its climax..."
"All the songs beautifully intertwine and they are all intelligently and carefully created..."
4 Stars - ****
"I second this, I feel so privileged to have seen the first ever performance of this different and utterly brilliant musical, the talent of the writer Matthew Rankcom, composer Joe Wilson and all the talented cast"
"Joe Wilson’s music throughout is exquisite, coupled with some of the most emotionally-provoking lyrics I have heard in years...A beautiful score and refreshing, flawless lyrics package up this musical into a touching look into life with a mental illness"
4 Stars - ****
"Yes, this piece is about mental health and yes, it is a very important issue, but Rankcom’s script and Wilson’s music do not try and ram the message down our throats. It is a ‘perfectly ordinary’ combination of sentiment and humour, the writing is very clever, complemented with a lot of memorable songs and the audience for this world premiere on Tuesday (July 24) were quite rightly very appreciative"5 Stars - *****
Perfectly Ordinary is a new musical written by Joe Wilson and Matthew Rankcom, written to challenge our views and opinions of mental health. It follows the day to day lives of inpatients in a restricted mental health ward, and explores their stories and lives. These stories are interwoven with ensemble numbers, set to challenge how we view mental health and hopefully allow a space to reflect personally on one’s own life and how we live it. The music is varied, written to accommodate the different backgrounds of the characters, with the libretto being both witty and achingly truthful. With it’s first and second workshop completed, it will be produced initially in 2018 at the Guildford Fringe Festival to a SOLD OUT audience! Joe is very humbled that the first production of the show is a sell out. An added matinee was added to accommodate even more ticket sales.