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14 May 2018

Writers to be special guests at final performance of Silver the Musical

A BAFTA award winning writer is excited to watch Wiltshire College students perform a show that he co-wrote.

Bob Baker, best known for creating the Doctor Who character K-9 and who received a BAFTA for Wallace and Gromit’s A Matter of Loaf and Death, wrote Silver the Musical with his wife Marie and both will be VIP guests at its final screening this Friday 18th May at the Arc Theatre, Trowbridge.

The show, which tells the story of Long John Silver and his comrades will be performed by Level 2 and 3 Performing Art students, as their end of year show.

Bob, who has only seen the show a handful of times, since it was written in 2000, said: “I’ve never been to the Arc Theatre, so I am really looking forward to seeing it there.

“Silver is very special to me. I love Treasure Island and find the character of Long John Silver fascinating.

“The musical starts on the last page of the book and brings in most of the characters from it – in a return to the island to get the silver that was left there.”

The show had its debut at Bristol Old Vic, where Marie Baker, who was Head of Drama at Filton College, produced and directed it.

The music was written by Pete Watson, who led a workshop and rehearsal with students at the Trowbridge campus last week.

Bob said: “Pete came up with a superb score to go with the swash and buckle of the piece.”

Jamie Wright, is the Performing Arts lecturer at the Trowbridge and is directing the play.

He said: “I’m very excited about working with this material and it’s been a pleasure to work with this incredibly talented cast.”

Silver opens at the Arc Theatre this Wednesday 16th May and is on until Friday 18th May. To book tickets for the performances which take place at 1pm and 7pm visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/236417.