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24 June 2017 - 12 August 2017

COMMITTEE... (A NEW MUSICAL)

Music by Tom Deering
Book and lyrics by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke, edited from the transcript of the evidence session

 

“The objective of this session is not to conduct a show trial. We want to learn some lessons.”    

What happens when something goes wrong? Who holds us accountable?  On 15 October 2015, as part of an inquiry into ‘The collapse of Kids Company’, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob gave evidence to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.  Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and composer Tom Deering have transformed that evidence session into a new musical.

This production has not been authorised by any participant or Parliament. We present it to you – the public – to consider how civic life in the UK is really governed.

It is based on the Parliamentary transcript of the oral evidence session on 15 October 2015 and the words spoken by those participating in the Inquiry


Behind the Scenes Guide

We create a Behind the Scenes guide for every production containing interviews, rehearsal diaries and images, and a glimpse into the characters in the play.

Open the Committee... Behind the Scenes guide

 

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Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham Street

London WC2H 9LX

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020 3282 3808

Mon - Sat: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

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CAST
in order of speaking

Clerk Joanna Kirkland
Committee Assistant David Albury
Bernard Jenkin MP Alexander Hanson
Cheryl Gillan MP Liz Robertson
David Jones MP Robert Hands
Paul Flynn MP Anthony O'Donnell
Kate Hoey MP Rosemary Ashe
Alan Yentob Omar Ebrahim
Camila Batmanghelidjh Sandra Marvin

MUSIC

Violin Ruth Elder
Violin Douglas Harrison
Viola Jennifer MacCallum
Cello Angélique Lihou

CREATIVE TEAM

Director Adam Penford
Designer Robert Jones
Musical Director Torquil Munro
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer Nick Lidster for Autograph
Orchestrator Will Stuart
Movement Director Naomi Said
Video Duncan McLean
Casting Alastair Coomer CDG & Sarah Playfair

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This production provides a review of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into Whitehall’s relationship with the charity Kids Company, by presenting extracts in a  dramatic and musical format, enabling a critical perspective on the proceedings. It is based on quotations from the parliamentary transcript of the oral evidence sessions of the Inquiry, as well as oral and written evidence submitted to the Inquiry by its participants:

CAMILA BATMANGHELIDJH [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015]
SUE BERELOWITZ [oral evidence session, 17 November 2015]
SUSIE CUNNINGHAM [written evidence dated 3 November 2015]
PAUL FLYNN MP [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015]
CHERYL GILLAN MP [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015]
KATE HOEY MP [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015]
BERNARD JENKIN MP [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015]
DAVID JONES MP [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015]
OLIVER LETWIN MP [oral evidence session, 19 November 2015]
JOHANNA MORRELL [written evidence dated 10 November 2015]
ESTHER PICKUP-KELLER [written evidence dated 30 November 2015]
ANONYMOUS [written evidence dated 3 and 10 November 2015]
ALAN YENTOB [oral evidence session, 15 October 2015] 

This production also contains quotations from the following:
Biographical description of Bernard Jenkin MP, www.bernardjenkin.com
[accessed on 18 June 2017]
Biographical description of Cheryl Gillan MP, www.cherylgillan.co.uk
[accessed on 18 June 2017]
Biographical description of David Jones MP, www.davidjones-mp.com
[accessed on 18 June 2017]
Biographical description of Kate Hoey MP, www.katehoey.com
[accessed on 18 June 2017]
Biographical description of Paul Flynn MP, www.paulflynnmp.co.uk
[accessed on 18 June 2017]
Article titled ‘“Blue skies” Birt frustrates MPs’ by Nick Assinder, BBC online, 2006
Article titled ‘Panjandrum shudders at initiativitis during speech to MPs’ by Simon Hoggart, Guardian, 2011
Paul Flynn’s Twitter feed, 15 October 2015
Charity Commission guidance titled ‘The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do’, 10 July 2015 

DISCLAIMER
This production is not in any way affiliated with, or authorised or endorsed by any participant in the Inquiry or by Parliament. 

The materials used are publicly available. You can download full transcripts of the oral evidence sessions, obtain copies of the evidence submitted, and watch the recording of the evidence session at: www.parliament.uk

All information correct at the time of publication, 18 June 2017

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