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Punchy! The Musical – A 1950s inspired tale

Punchy! The Musical, a brand new musical at The Courtyard  Theatre.

The cast has been announced for Punchy! The Musical, a brand new musical at The Courtyard  Theatre. This raucous, affecting piece of gig-theatre brings the soulful sounds of the 1950s to the  heart of Hoxton. Robert Hook (Peaky Blinders, BBC; The Milkman’s on His Way) will take on the lead  role of the wayward and conflicted George ‘Punchy’ Armstrong. As he attempts to overcome the crimes of his young adulthood in post-war London, Punchy’s path to transformation is witnessed by the alarming appearance of his Ego and Soul and their struggle to influence his decisions. Punchy’s  Ego will be played by Jaymes Sygrove (Blithe Spirit, Studio Canal; Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol)  whilst his Soul will be brought to life by Peter Parker Mensah (The Informer Citadel, Amazon; Bolan’s  Shoes).

Conceived by Sylvia Anderson Award-winning composer Jack Terroni, with production consultancy  provided by Joan Lane (The King’s Speech), the soundtrack is produced by triple platinum-selling  producer/composer Steve Brown (Laura Mvula/Magic Goes Wrong). Playwright Kevin McMahon has adapted Punchy! from Richard Barrett’s thought-provoking work What My Soul Told Me.

They will be joined by Lucy Penrose (Judy!, West End) as Edith Jameson, Amy Mitchell as Doreen  Lofthouse, Fiona Kelly as Olive Jameson, Phillip Gill as Manny Cohen, Robert Allen as James  Armstrong/Mickey Flynn and Richie Brett as Frankie Brown.

Blending a contemporary mix of soul, indie rock and pop songs, Jack Terroni’s soundtrack is played  by an onstage band. This eclectic soundscape sets the tone for the curious characters of Soul and Ego to play with the very fabric of time, in the heart of an ordinary working-class London community.

Terroni drew upon stories from his mother’s childhood in 1950s Islington, telling the tales of everyday people, and one particular ‘lost soul’: the inspiration for the character Punchy lived in his  mother’s building.

Composer Jack Terroni commented, I didn’t set out to write a musical as I’ve always been put off by  the thought of jazz hands and glitter! If I was writing one, it had to rip up the rulebook! Punchy! was inspired by the real story of my mother’s working-class childhood in 1950s Islington. I was moved at  how a young man with mental health challenges left home one day never to be seen again. Punchy! imagines what could have been if he followed the voice of his Soul and asks you to be courageous  

enough to do the same. 

Punchy! The Musical 

Dates Tuesday 2nd November – Sunday 21st November 2021,  7pm (doors open at 6.15pm). 

Running Time 90 minutes 

Location Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield  Street, London N1 6EY. 

Box Office Tickets are priced at £22.20 (£18.70 Early Bird tickets  available now) via https://www.punchythemusical.com/