Community to bring Lancing musical back to life

The Boundstone Chorus in rehearsal for the musical To Harvest a Dream
The Boundstone Chorus in rehearsal for the musical To Harvest a Dream

A MUSICAL based on the lives and memories of people of Lancing between the wars is being revived for two special performances.

The musical To Harvest a Dream tells the story of life in Lancing between the two world wars, focusing on the struggles, hardships and dreams of ordinary working people.

The show written by former Boundstone Community College teachers Tom Brown and Aedan Kerney, reflects the true life-stories told them by many Lancing residents.

It was premiered at the Brighton Festival of 1990, performed later on that year at the Adur Festival and revived five years later at Boundstone in 1995.

This concert version of To Harvest a Dream will be performed by members of The Boundstone Chorus, the Lancing-based group Singing Live, students from The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Sompting Village, Seaside and North Lancing Primary Schools and members of the Lancing community.

The leading fictional role is that of Ivy Fuller, whose husband Charlie was killed in the first world war but who went on single-handedly both to run his market garden and to bring up their son Billy.

In the 1995 production the part of Ivy Fuller was played by Laura Glover who is now a professional actress.

Laura is returning to Lancing to play the role once again in this community revival of the show.

Part of the production will involve projecting many archive images of Lancing on large screens during the performances, showing how the village has changed over time.

Aedan Kerney composed the show’s original music and is leading the project.

He said: “The lives of ordinary people in the twenty-year period between the two world wars were coloured by great personal aspirations and in a rapidly changing world were touched both by tears and by laughter.

“Although this is Lancing’s story it is also the story of communities throughout the country where world events changed for ever the lives of ordinary people.

“In Lancing’s case the largely horticultural way of life based around the passing seasons gave way to heavy industry with the coming of Southern Region Carriage Works and subsequent intensive house-building.”

Aeden said bringing the play back to life was like meeting up with old friends when you had forgotten how good they were.

Ian Tout, chorus administrator, performed in the 1995 revival, while a 14-year-old pupil at Boundstone Community College.

He said: “All the memories are flooding back. It’s a great community show.

“They are great songs that Aedan and Tom wrote.

“It’s a really moving story and great fun to perform. It’s something a bit different.”

To Harvest a Dream will be performed on Friday, October 11 at The Shoreham Centre and on Saturday, October 12 at St Michael and All Angels Church in South Street, Lancing.

Performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets at £8 are available by contacting 01903 762793 or theboundstonechorus@gmail.com