Frank Alva Buecheler
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.
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.
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's collaborator and translator Tim set up a meeting in London between the three of them. Neil expressed great interest in the project and initially completed four of the piece's twenty four musical episodes. After a period concentrating on his own solo musical projects, Neil finished off the remaining sections and the recordings, with string quintet and piano at the iconic Konk Studios in North London, were duly completed. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org