West End help for South Yorkshire stars of new musical

Cast of No Horizon
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Tips from the West End have helped a young South Yorkshire cast hone their skills as they prepare for performances at Barnsley and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Musical director and member of the Wicked team, Sam Cable, visited the No Horizon cast to give workshops and advice prior to their upcoming shows.

No Horizon is written by Andy Platt, head of Sheffield’s Springvale School, and produced by Max Reid. It features young amateurs along with aspiring professionals.

Given air time by Chris Evans and Elaine Paige, who have featured its songs on radio, the musical will run for more than three weeks in Edinburgh. It will be shown in Barnsley Lamproom Theatre on July 20.

It follows the true story of Nicholas Saunderson who was born in a tiny South Yorkshire village in 1682. He was blinded by smallpox within a year but went on to achieve great things, using his exceptional acumen in maths and with an iron resolve.

The latest boost for the cast came when Andy Platt’s wife, Rachel, took her class to the West End to see Wicked and take part in an acting workshop. While there, she spoke to Sam Cable and he agreed to journey north to visit the No Horizon cast.

His calm input and wise advice gave everyone invaluable help in how to perform at a professional level.

George Griffiths, principal actor, said:“Just spending a day with Sam Cable was what you would learn in six months at a Musical Theatre School!”

Lead Sam Reid added: “This show is growing into something phenomenal, rehearsal by rehearsal; Sam Cable’s Workshop has taken us to the next level.”

No Horizon will do the full run at Med Quad, Cow Barn, Underbelly in Edinburgh (www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk) from August 3 to 27 at 5pm daily.

Tickets can be booked via the web or call 0844 545 8252