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Kisses On A Postcard To Return To The Stage

posted: January 30th, 2011

It is with pleasure that we tell you of the latest steps in the campaign of Vackies Ltd to bring the musical, Kisses On A Postcard, into the West End.

We have a new production at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, in September and October of this year.  This will be our workshop and showcase.

We will keep you posted, but first let us update you on the progress of the book.

The hardback was published by Bloomsbury in September 2009 and the paperback in May 2010. It has had ninety-five-per-cent five-star reviews (read them here) and has consistently been in the Bloomsbury best-seller lists.

Through 2010 Terry went back and forth across the country, visiting literary festivals and schools, reading extracts on local and national radio, promoting it. As a result of the popularity of the book, the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, have offered to present the musical this autumn as a co-production with Vackies Ltd.

Following the sad death of our composer, Gordon Clyde, we have further new music and lyrics by John Altman, Richard Stilgoe and Tom Recknell.  You can learn about them all on the website.  Terry has also revised parts of the script.

As a result of all this new material, we were in need of a full workshop to see how it would work.  With the Barnstaple deal we will have a full try-out production and workshop, which will also be a showcase for us, in a 700-seater theatre, with packed houses. What could be better?

The performances will take place from 23rd to Sunday 25th September and Friday 30th to Sunday 2nd October, 2011. See you at the show.

8 comments to “Kisses On A Postcard To Return To The Stage”

  • Frank Stone

    02.02.11

    Just wanted to thank you for casting our son Luke as Terry in the forthcoming ‘Kisses’ production at the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple. He’s so excited, as are we and all his family & friends.
    And to see that it will be your showcase for your proposed West End offering makes it even more exciting!
    We are totally committed to Luke and his passion for the role. We’ll ensure he’s fit and ready to give his all and make it a fantastic advert for both yourselves and the production itself.
    look forward to meeting you during rehearsals in the summer.
    Kind regards, Frank Stone (Luke’s father)

  • Linda Weekes

    26.04.11

    I have just finished listening to Kisses on a Postcard on CD. I was all excited that I might get to see the musical, but alas I will be in UK in May and June,
    not September.
    Congratulations and lets hope one day it comes to Australia.

  • Carol Wint

    11.09.11

    Alyssa, our grand-daughter is taking part in the forthcoming production at the Queens Theatre. It is such a shame that my mum and dad are no longer around to see her perform on stage but also this would have evoked memories for them both as they were both evacuees and spoke about their experiences.
    I know that all your hard work and efforts will produce a great production and we’re looking forward to being in the audience on your opening night. Good luck and best wishes to all involved from the back stage crew, wardrobe, production team and the players themselves. Kind regards Carol (Alyssa’s nan and grandad)

  • dianesparnon

    24.09.11

    I would like to congratulate the whole cast for a wonderful first night performance of Kisses on a Postcard at the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple.

    The humour, songs, music and the story itself left the full house audience entranced. A production worthy of its standing ovation.

    Sure to be a winner if moved to the West End.

  • Lynne

    26.09.11

    Really enjoyed the performance on Saturday, as did the rest of the packed house judging from the applause. Congrats to all concerned, proper job!

  • Sarah Simpson

    02.10.11

    Just come back from watching ‘Kisses on a postcard,’ struggled to get tickets and rightly so, the show deserves to be a sell out time after time. I took my mother, who was evacuated for four years, and the show evoked so many memories for her. We both enjoyed the energy of the performers, the songs and the very touching story. It is years since I’ve been so moved by a piece of theatre. Well done everyone involved, wishing you continued success with the future, be it on the West End or elsewhere – great stuff! Again a well deserved standing ovation for today’s matinee.

  • Sharon Snell

    02.10.11

    I have just returned from the Queens Theatre having seen Kisses on a Postcard with my sister and our Mum who was an evacuee to Devon from Swansea during the war and the same age as ‘Terry’. We all felt we had to pass on to you how we felt, and it was an amazing production and my mother said it was depicted so accurately as she remembered as a little girl with all the emotions involved. We really really hope this production goes on tour and gets to the West End you so deserve it!! The actors, children and singings was just amazing, you had me personally laughing and crying too! Thank you from my Mum. Thank you from my sister and I for showing us what she had gone through as a child and being mothers ourselves.. giving us a glimpse of just how awful it must have been to give your children up to pure strangers!

  • Valerie Clarke

    09.10.11

    Still on a high after watching the Show last Saturday. A real story full of all the emotions of life – sure to be a great hit when it gets to the West End.

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