‘Public Domain’ is a dark, funny, verbatim musical about the internet: Those who own it; those who live in it; and YOU!
Following an acclaimed digital debut at Southwark Playhouse, this thrilling, new musical, composed entirely from the real-life words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users now has its live world premiere in the West End.
Written and performed by the hugely talented Francesca Forristal (Oddball) and Jordan Paul Clarke (Showstoppers), this blackly comic musical follows two teenage influencers; Millie (sporty spice, health guru, buddha bowls – millennial) and Z (GCSEs existential dread, swag – generation Z), as well as featuring exclusive ‘footage’ of inside Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan’s family home.
You’re gonna get their honest, true selves… with some serious bass, obvs. Authentic, right?
It’s like ‘Black Mirror’ but real and set to music.
“And just like that we felt a little less alone…”
‘Public Domain’ will perform from 27 – 30 May, 2021 at the Vaudeville theatre where COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing will include robust risk mitigation, hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, contactless tickets, temperature testing and the regular deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.
Cast and creative team
Book/Lyrics/Performer Francesca Forristal
Music/Lyrics/Orchestrations/Performer Jordan Paul Clarke
Director/Producer Adam Lenson
Technical Producer Christian Czornyj
Set and Costume Design Libby Todd
Lighting Design Matt Daw
Video Design/Associate Director Matt Powell
Movement Director George Lyons
Music Production/Supervision/Additional Orchestrations
Joe & Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam Music
Vloggers…. Allie Costa, Aislin Evans, Andrea Civera, Alex Lyne, Alex Covell, Alexis McGivern, Chloe Green, Callie Egan, Carmen Law, Dawn Parsonage, Donna Coulling, Eleanor Gardiner, Emma Thrower, Emily Ashbrook, Florence Roberts, Flick Isaac-Chilton, Georgia Davis, Heather Kirk, Holly Lucas, Isaac Forristal Marshall, Jenet Le Lacheur, Jean-Paul Mark Shlom, Jonas Gawe, Jonathan Reid, Joshua Newman, Julia Fu, Kaidyn Hinds, Kara McLean, Kate Cooper, Kelly Damann, Leanne Sedin, Lexi Clare, Lucy Jane Dickson, Mickey Jo Boucher, Neil Bastian, Nora Perone, Peter Parsonage, Ralph Warman and Tim Gilvin
PUBLIC DOMAIN 1 Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke photo Michael Wharley.jpg
Photo Michael Wharley
Francesca Forristal (Book/Lyrics/Performer)
Francesca Forristal “uses humour as a feminist weapon” (The Sunday Times) as a musical theatre writer, writer-performer, improviser, and drag artist based in London. She’s queer. She’s hairy. And she’s the co-founder of multi-award-winning drag duo DRAGPROV, as well as book writer of FORRISTAL AND CLARKE MUSICALS. Francesca’s five-star one-woman show ODDBALL was nominated for Edinburgh’s TV Festival 2020 New Voice Award, supported by Netflix, as well as an Off West End Award ’19. Her latest “original and edgy” [The Guardian] musical, PUBLIC DOMAIN, was The Times’ Pick of the Week [The Times Hotlist]. Francesca’s other musical, ‘P.S. I’m a Terrible Person’ – was shortlisted for the Pleasance Theatre’s ‘Charlie Hartill Reserve Fund’ Award, and is currently in development. She’s a Musical Comedy Awards 2019 Finalist, Bechdel Theatre #FeministFave 2018, and won the Phoenix’s Improv Act of the Year Award. She has appeared on the BBC, BBC Bitesize, and has produced shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Underbelly Southbank, The Royal Festival Hall, and the Southwark Playhouse. Francesca is excited by projects which combine music, sound-design, and theatre with a twist of dark comedy, to create original and thought-provoking work.
www.forristal.co.uk / www.forristalclarke.co.uk
Jordan Paul Clarke (Book/Lyrics/Performer)
Jordan trained in Composition at The Royal Academy of Music, and works as a composer, musical director and improviser. MD Credits include Olivier Award-winning ‘Showstopper: The Improvised Musical’, and Olivier-nominated ‘Mischief Movie Night’ (UK Tour).
Adam is a London-based director, dramaturg, producer and musical theatre specialist. He has extensive experience of working with composers, lyricists, songwriters and playwrights to develop new work and is the founder of ALP Musicals.
Directing includes ‘PUBLIC DOMAIN’, ‘THE FABULIST FOX SISTER’, ‘WASTED’, ‘THE RINK’, ‘SUPERHERO’ (Southwark Playhouse), ‘THE LEFTOVERS’ (National Tour), ‘THE STORM’ (Helios Collective/ENO), ‘35MM’, ‘WHISPER HOUSE’ (The Other Palace), ‘SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD’ (St James Theatre), ‘THE SORROWS OF SATAN’ (Tristan Bates Theatre), ‘STAGES, LOCK & KEY’ (VAULT FESTIVAL), ‘DISGRACED’ (English Theatre Frankfurt), ‘DARK TOURISM’ (Park Theatre), ‘GHOST’ (GSA), ‘SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE’ (Jermyn Street Theatre), ‘REEL LIFE’ (Ustinov Theatre Bath and St James Studio), ‘THE GOODBYE GIRL’ (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), ‘WEST END RECAST’ (Duke of York’s Theatre, Phoenix Theatre), ‘ORDINARY DAYS’ (Trafalgar Studios), ‘LITTLE FISH’ and ‘SATURN RETURNS’ (Finborough Theatre), ‘COME FLY WITH ME’ (Salisbury Playhouse), ‘THE DEAD GUY’ (English Theatre Frankfurt) and ‘THE FAMILY’ (Old Vic US/UK Exchange, Public Theater, NY).
He spent 2020 developing his livestreaming, transmedia and digital theatre practice and co-founded theatrical.solutions. He was recognised in the 2021 Stage 100 and his productions of ‘The Rink’ and ‘Superhero ‘both won Best Musical at the Off-West End Awards.
He has worked as associate and assistant director to Stephen Daldry, Terry Johnson, Roxana Silbert, Nancy Meckler, Maria Friedman and Victoria Wood at venues including The Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, Hampstead Theatre, Menier Chocolate Factory, and in the West End.
by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke
Strictly Limited Season – 5 performances only
Thursday 27 May 8pm
Friday 28 May 8pm
Saturday 29 May 3pm
Saturday 29 May 8pm
Sunday 30 May 8pm
Press Night: Thursday 27 May 8pm
Duration: 75 minutes no interval
Age recommendation: 10+
Tickets: £35, £25 and £15
No booking fees – all prices include a £1.50 Restoration Levy
Box office: 0330 333 4814