Everything in Nothing

Wed 10th – Fri 12th Aug 2011


“The cast, some of whom have only just turned eight, are looking forward to their exciting week in Scotland”





Wells Cathedral School


An excited group of 50 pupils from Wells Cathedral School in Somerset will be travelling up to Scotland on Monday to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe. The group – who will be the youngest cast at the Arts Festival - will be putting on three performances of a musical comedy set in the swinging Sixties, written and composed for them by talented composer and Wells Head of Brass, Paul Denegri.

The show, titled Everything in Nothing is a light-hearted, high tempo comedy time-piece, set in London’s Carnaby Street in 1969. The story centres on Jack Tyler, a ruthlessly ambitious record mogul desperate for the trappings of success, fame and fortune. The production includes a lively mix of Sixties-inspired songs and dazzling dance numbers, which provides a vibrant showcase for the young performers, all aged from eight to eleven.

The children are all junior pupils at Wells Cathedral School, one of only five specialist music schools in the UK within the Department for Children and Families (DCFS) Music and Dance Scheme. Many of the cast are also choristers at Wells Cathedral, where they also sing as part of the celebrated Wells Cathedral Choir, recently awarded the accolade of being the ‘number one choir in the world with adults and children singing together’, by Gramophone Magazine.

With their infectious energy and enthusiasm, the young performers clearly enjoy the high-octane tempo of the musical and the sparkling array of songs, ranging from lyrical ballads like Wouldn’t That Be Something to lively pop numbers like Carnaby Street. And the stage is truly lit-up with the colourful costumes, setting the scene firmly in 1969.

The cast, some of whom have only just turned eight, are looking forward to their exciting week in Scotland, for many, their first full trip away from their parent and families. They are very enthusiastic about a week away with their friends and can’t wait to perform in front of the Edinburgh crowds.

Poppy Agabani, the youngest member of the cast, said “It’s a great show, with brilliant costumes - I have to wear flares with hippy flowers on! I’m really looking forward to performing with all my friends!”

Harry Chantrey, aged eight added, “I can’t wait to perform on such a big stage and to see some of the other shows at the Fringe. We’re going to see the acrobats at the Moscow State Circus - it’s going to be an amazing week.”

Head of drama, Judith Burns, agreed “The trip is a great opportunity for the pupils to try out new experiences and they develop so many new skills during the week. This year we have a real mix of ages performing and a really lively bunch of children – it’s going to be great!”

The group, who will travel up to Edinburgh from Somerset this forthcoming week, will be staging three performances of Everything in Nothing at Augustine’s, on George IV Bridge (venue 152) from 1.15pm on 10th, 11th and 12th August. Tickets start from just £5.50 and are available from Paradise at Augustine’s on 0131 510 0022 or at http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/musicals-operas/everything-in-nothing.

Admission: £5.50 – £7.50(£5.50)

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