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Murder Ballad coming to Shrewsbury this weekend

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

A musical of love, obsession and murderous desire comes to Shrewsbury for two nights this weekend.

Kerry Ellis

Murder Ballad won critical acclaim on Broadway and the West End.

Now young director, Dan Rogers is bringing the modern production to Albert's Shed in the town in a bid to extend the unconventional and broaden the arts scene.

He has won support from the West End's Kerry Ellis, who starred in the London show. She recorded a good luck message for the cast and crew.

Dan, from Shawbury, has self-funded the production on May 20 and 21.

"Shrewsbury is such an artsy play and I want to make theatre really immersive."

With a cast of four and a band, Murder Ballad is set within a bar and tells the story of three people stuck in a secret love triangle.

Dan said: "Sara is stuck in the middle, torn between her down town past and her uptown future. In the true tradition of all great murder ballads, when songs of love-gone-wrong are sung, blood must be spilled."

The audience has the chance to be part of the set, with some seating amidst the action.

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"We want theatre to be more immersive and get rid of the audience/cast divide," he said.

"We brought Green Day's rock opera, American Idiot to Shrewsbury last year and it sold out."

Tickets for Murder Ballad are available through tickettailor.com and more information can be found on facebook: Murder Ballad - Shrewsbury.

The musical has content which some people may find offensive, including strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Under 18's Must be accommodated by an adult.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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