A NEW MUSICAL is currently under development, featuring some of the brightest musical talents the North East has to offer, and with a name like ‘Steel and Iron’, there is no need to guess the subject matter of its literary location.
Producer and Co Writer Katie Gibson (Victoria), from Twenty Seven Productions has enlisted an A Class creative team, featuring the likes of chart topping Alistair Griffin, home grown family group Cattle and Cane, with backing from local authorities and additional writing from Paul Smith of Maximo Park. Gibson is excited and keen to ask the question “what happens to a place that is defined by its heritage and industry, when those are taken away from it?” This project was first conceived by Twenty Seven in 2016 and since then, they have developed some amazing anthems and a strong identity moving forward.
Cattle and Cane’s brother and sister duo are no strangers to writing about Middlesbrough’s past, and most recently their lyrics to hit song “Infant Hercules” were printed on the inside of Middlesbrough FC’s home strip. “I’m absolutely loving this” says Helen Hamill, one half of Cattle and Cane, “I’m so proud to be working on something so positive about the area.”
Producing body, Twenty Seven Productions have made a regional name for themselves as one of the top immersive theatre companies in the country, and decided it was time to think big and create something that could change the face of regional theatre and the way it, and Middlesbrough as a town, are portrayed. They are arguably known for their work in unconventional locations and venues; at The Victoria Tunnel in Ouseburn, Newcastle, on WW2 drama “Hitler’s Headquarters” and their gruesome exploration of the Witches of Newcastle, performed at Newcastle’s Castle Keep in Lee Mattinson’s “WYTCH”.
“What happens to a place that is defined by its heritage and industry, when those are taken away from it?”
Although this production will not be ready for some time, due to funding and the dreaded Covid 19, Gibson and her team are keen to tell the region and indeed, the nation that something is coming. For those who frequent The Riverside Stadium to watch Middlesbrough play, you will hear the floor stomping, anthemic “Me, I’m From Middlesbrough, Me” at each home game, and in 2019 a sneak peek took place at ARC in Stockton to a lucky audience, receiving a standing ovation and rave reviews. In association with Linton Pictures, Twenty Seven also released a music video, starring Alistair Griffin, with a melodious take on that same floor stomping tune, exploring the sights of Middlesbrough and once again teasing their future audience.
This year is certainly an exciting year for this team and their project, as a refreshing start to 2020.