Ovations for Musical Premier at Summer Theatre
"Invisible" from North Ayrshire singer-songwriter Robin Lucas
THE new feature of the Players' long-running popular summer theatre which took place in Lounge Clubroom was a world premiere musical which earned a few standing ovations.
North Ayrshire singer-songwriter Robin Lucas's 'Invisible' (co-scripted by Drew Cochrane) was staged alongside the traditional comedies for eight performancesat the Largs Main Street venue from mid-July to mid-August.
Former professional songwriter Robin, who toured with rock star Ronnie Lane, and Slim Chance in the 70s has written the musical on behalf of SHIMS (Scottish Head Injuries Musical Support) group of which he is chairman.
Former Largs editor Drew Cochrane, who is secretary of SHIMS, which provides music and drama therapy for adults recovering from serious head and brain trauma, has collaborated with Robin on the script which formed one half of the Summer Theatre.
Robin, who had given up music after being involved in a horrendous car crash in Irvine in the 90s, was enticed back to picking up his guitar when he visited a branch of Headway. He began to write again, with many of his songs reflecting the effects of head and brain trauma.
Recently, Robin, who worked for legendary Scottish songwriter and record producer Bill Martin in London, joined his fellow SHIMS colleague Drew Cochrane in a 20 minute spot on BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie programme highlighting the project which, it is hoped, will become a motivational film if funding can be found. Indeed the Players were delighted to present a cheque for £1200 to the charity as their portion of proceeds from the summer venture.
The experienced Players Pat Nicol, George Whitestone and Drew Cochrane appeared alongside Robin, John Griffin, Guido Corvi, Peter Grant and musician Alan Leyden.
It is hoped the show will be presented in other venues as a fund-raiser for SHIMS.
In the comedies, Angie Kelly and Jon Wilkin appeared in 'Holiday' while George Whitestone and Gordon McMurray did a hilarious 'drag' duo act in 'Nun Run.'