A new crowdfunder campaign has been launched to help create a musical based on the songs of David Gedge.
For fans of David Gedge, Cinerama, and The Wedding Present this is a great chance to be involved in the project from the very first step. Funders also have the chance to pick up specially commissioned artwork and merchandise too!
‘Reception’ is the story of a group of friends from Leeds University who keep in touch
over two decades of trials, tribulations, and receptions. Their stories are based on David’s songs and the title is inspired by the name of The Wedding Present’s original record label.
But why David Gedge and The Wedding Present? Writer and Director Matt Aston has been mulling over the idea for many years.
He says: “I first saw The Wedding Present in Derby in 1988, so you could say this musical is
over 30 years in the making. I’ll always be grateful to my older brother and his
mates for taking his little 15 year old brother to his first ever gig. I got a t-shirt, a set
of badges and a nose bleed. Not to mention a new favourite band. I’ve always felt
there was something very theatrical about David’s songs. The storytelling, the
arrangements, the anguish. And, as proven with Cinerama’s re-recording of The
Wedding Present’s ‘Valentina’ album, they have the flexibility to be arranged in a
number of different, epic, and dramatic ways. Although the show will, of course, still
have plenty of fast guitars too!”
David Gedge himself was intrigued by the idea and has come onboard as a creative consultant.
And now it’s time to put their plan into action.
With the new crowdfunding campaign the group are looking to raise initial funding to get a first draft of the script written, some artwork and branding in place and to start preparing for a
period of Research & Development in early 2021 to road test ideas – COVID 19 permitting – with a group of actors/musicians and some brand new material from David.
All things going to plan, the musical will premier in Leeds in 2022. But fans can get involved right from this very moment!
To support the project, visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reception-the-musical