CHRIS BURGESS

SUPERSONIC MAN

Writer and composer Chris Burgess
Directed by
Choreographer Philip Joel
Designer David Shields
Lighting Richard Lambert
Producer LAMBCO Productions 

PETER …… scientist living with motor neurone disease
FRANCIS… Peter’s loving partner

A company of three actor musicians referred to as COMPANY  –  2f, 1m – play all other parts  – doctors and nurses,  ‘boffins’, members of the public, documentary director, camera operator and sound operator.

COMPANY MEMBER 1 – FEMALE
COMPANY MEMBER 2 – MALE
COMPANY MEMBER 3 – FEMALE

THE STORY

‘SUPERSONIC MAN’ tells the story of Peter and his partner Francis.  Peter is diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease and faces losing everything he loves. All will be gone: his family, his work, his friends and the love of his life – Francis.

But Peter and Francis vow that this will not be the end. Instead they seek a completely new beginning and explore new ways to live. With the support of Francis, Peter will become a human cyborg.

The musical is not only a tale of life-saving medical interventions but also a love story. Peter and Francis have been together for many years.  It is their  loyalty, their devotion, and their resilience that helps them forge a way ahead against seemingly insurmountable medical odds and considerable opposition.

A very busy three person comic ensemble of shape-shifting individuals play all the other parts in the couple’s life: friends, neighbours, doctors, nurses, documentary makers, members of the public, ‘boffins’’, well wishers and nay sayers.

N.B This musical is loosely based on the true story of Peter Scott-Morgan, and inspired by the Channel 4 documentary ‘PETER THE HUMAN CYBORG’.

ACT ONE

1    ONCE UPON A TIME     All
2   THE DAY AFTER DIAGNOSIS     Peter and Francis
3    BREAKING THE NEWS   All
4   STEPHEN HAWKING    Peter  and Francis
5   THE IDEA     Company
6  WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK Company
WHAT A LIFE WE LIVED    Francis
8    WHAT A PITY IT IS    Company
9   NEVER AGAIN        Peter and Francis
10  INVISIBLE    Peter  and Company
11 BOFFINS    Company
12   BEYOND STEPHEN HAWKING    Peter and Company

ACT TWO

13    THAT DREAM     All
14   FINDING A VOICE    All
15   NEVER ANY QUESTION    Francis
16    FUCK IT   Peter
17a  &  17b   BOFFINS (reprise)       BOFFINS (coda)     Company
18   TIME      All
19    TO THE DOCTORS    Company
20    LAST WORDS   Peter
21   TIME  (Reprise)     Francis
22   IS IT WORTH IT?    Peter
23  CELEBRATING PETER   All
24   NEW  WAYS TO LIVE    All

Rough demos of the songs are available
This demo features Oliver Savile, Jack Reitman, Alfie Friedman, Billie Kerr and Jessie May.
They can be heard via this link: Please click here

Workshop draft of Script: Please click here
SUPERSONIC MAN – premiere production

Other work by Chris Burgess: Please click here

One of the touring shows, SKIN DEEP, with words and music by Chris Burgess
LOVE ME FOR WHO I AM

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