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The Lady with the Lamp

© Craig Fuller

The Lady with the Lamp is a new Actor-Musician Song Cycle exploring the life of Florence Nightingale and what it means to work in healthcare. Written by Sophie Bevan with songs written by Lee Birnie, Lucinda Buckley, Harry Curley, Jimmy Chambers, Kit Kenneth, Rosa Lukacs, Ellen Pallant, Toby De Salis, Alexander Tilley and Ted Tooley.

This season is a new initiative at Rose Bruford.  Quality new writing by Acting and Actor-Musicianship students developed over several months, curated in a season of 8 short plays, a musical, and a dramatized song cycle.

The Song Cycle was a collaboration with Composer Darren Clark - The Wicker Husband (Watermill), Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Southwark Playhouse).  Actor-Musician students investigated the life of Florence Nightingale and selected events and dramatic viewpoints to compose a cycle of original songs, exploring and crafting original melodies, lyrics and orchestrations.

"We have brought in successful alumni to direct the plays in triple or quadruple bills.  Alumnus Benji Mowbray, founder of the dazzling Bohemians Theatre Company, have returned to share their experience to support Bruford’s new graduating talent."

The production took place at the Barn Theatre, Sidcup 15th - 17th June 2022 as part of Rose Bruford Colleges New Writing Season.

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Production Photos © Craig Fuller

Creative Team:

Director - Benji Mowbray

Musical Supervisors - Jimmy Chambers and Kit Kennet

Movement - Lucinda Buckley

Set and Costume Design - Kaitlin Duncan and Katy Roberts

Lighting Design - Brett Kasza

Video Design - Josh Radford



Production Manager - Tom Burt
Technical Manager/Programmer - Sim Simmons

Production Supervisor - Chrissy Holloway

Deputy Stage Manager - George Ablewhite



Costume Supervisor - Emma Hutcheson

Costume Assistant - Anna Brown
Costume Assistant - Bree Lloyd
Costume Assistant - Jack Courtney


Scenic Arts Team:

Abigail Harrison

Libby Carter

Amelia Rooney

Ripley Richards

Alistair Argus

Holly Murphy

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