Brother Jacques is a tale of fate, adventure and discovery. The story starts in Paris, 1789, and follows the path of two brothers, torn apart by the French Revolution. They're swept along in a whirlwind of events at sea, on the rat-infested hulk ships in Plymouth and find themselves landed in the farming community of Crediton. With pretty Kirton girls, scrumpy cider and the hope of freedom, these brothers experience a Devon life they'd never expected to encounter, but always with the distant ring of the bells of Notre Dame in their ears. Will freedom ever be theirs? Will the realisation of their true identities be freedom enough?
Based on true events, Brother Jacques is an exciting project for CODS. The musical is partly-based in Crediton and tells the story of locals interacting with the Frenchmen captured during the Revolution and brought to Devon as prisoners of war. Children play a pivotal role in the musical, adding an extra dimension to the company - the townsfolk of ol' Kirton would not be complete without them. We are really excited at the prospect of welcoming a Children's Chorus back to CODS after last performing with them in Oliver! in 2010.
First produced of Plymouth Theatre Royal's Drum Theatre in 1990, Brother Jacques went on to win two Barclays Music Theatre Awards including 'Best New Musical'.
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