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23 May 2018

BAFTA award winning writer attends Silver the Musical

A BAFTA award winning writer dropped in to see Wiltshire College students perform his beloved musical Silver.

Bob Baker brought the BAFTAs he won for co-writing Wallace and Gromit’s A Matter of Loaf and Death and the Curse of the Were Rabbit and K9, the character which he created for Doctor Who, to the Arc Theatre on Friday 18th May for the final screening of Silver the Musical.

Along with his wife Marie, artistic director at Filton College, he wrote the script which tells the story of Long John Silver and his comrades.

This was the first time they have seen the play staged in several years and both said the Level 2 and 3 Performing Arts students from the Trowbridge campus did them proud.

Bob said: “I thought the students did a fantastic job and we were thrilled to come along as special guests to watch them.

“Silver is very special to me as 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.”

Marie spoke to the students straight after the show.

She said: “Well, what a performance you gave!

“It was disciplined, focussed and some of the individual performances were outstanding.

“You all worked as a cohesive group and I think your tutor Jamie should be really, really proud of you all.

“I want to thank you for inviting Bob and myself to come along and I would welcome the chance to come and see you in some of your future plays.”

Silver the Musical had its debut at Bristol Old Vic in 2002 and Performing Arts lecturer Jamie Wright was in the original cast playing Squire Trelawny.

Jamie said: “It was a pleasure to work with this extremely talented cast who have worked incredibly hard over the past four weeks in rehearsals.

“I was also delighted to welcome Bob and Marie as special guests to the final performance and it was lovely to receive their wonderful feedback.”