Creative Team

Frank Alva Buecheler

Original Text

Frank is well known in European theatrical circles as a director, playwright and producer and lectures at two of Berlin's leading performing arts academies. He created large-scale theatres in Hamburg and Bremen in which, as producer, he staged highly successful musical theatre productions. He also works extensively in theatres across the German-speaking countries as a director.


Neil Hannon

Original Music

Any connoisseurs of high-quality songwriting will undoubtedly be familiar with Neil's music. The creative driving force behind the internationally-renowned group The Divine Comedy, for over two decades Neil's musical works have garnered countless fans across Europe and beyond, as well as numerous awards. His recent forays into writing for the theatre have led him to highly successful collaborations with the Bristol Old Vic and London's National Theatre.


Tim Clarke

Original Translations and Project Facilitator


Actor, musician and singer-songwriter Tim has appeared on stages throughout the UK in numerous productions, including London's West End, as well as Europe and North America. A highly competent linguist, Tim translated the original script of IN MAY and has been instrumental in the show's development from the beginning.




A visit to a terminally ill friend prompted Frank to create IN MAY. Affected and surprised by the positivity of the encounter, on the train back to Berlin, Frank sketched out a series of thoughts, scenarios and ideas on the nature of death and dying. Some time later, he shaped those ideas into the beautiful piece that is IN MAY. Frank required music that would be sublime and intense, yet above all contemporary, in order to underpin the narrative. Frank knew of only one composer who could provide the soundtrack to such a project - Neil Hannon. Frank, Neil and Tim then met in London. Neil expressed great interest in the project and after a period concentrating on his own solo musical projects, Neil completed the 24 sections of IN MAY. The recording, for string quintet and piano, took place at the iconic Konk Studios in North London. Artistic Director of the Nuffield Theatre Lancaster Matt Fenton, directed the first ever production of IN MAY. Further successful productions took place in Brighton, as part of the SICK Festival, and at Tramway Glasgow.

If you are interested in staging a production of IN MAY or would simply like further information, please contact Tim on 07711 873007 0r via email timclarkemusic@hotmail.co.uk