Interview: Ryan Willis makes his professional debut in Love Birds

Ryan Willis makes his professional debut in Love Birds

After a virus put him in the hospital and out of the show for four days, Ryan Willis, who plays Quack Packer Pewsey, returns to Love Birds today for its final performances at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – and to conclude our cast interview series. Read more about Ryan on the Love Birds cast page. Follow him on Twitter @Ry_Willis.    Tell us …

The show must go on … even when you’re a penguin down

The barbershop quartet becomes a trio: Rafe Watts, Jonny Purchase and George Knapper

What happens when a barbershop quartet becomes a trio? As the parrots say in Love Birds: “The show must go on … and that means forward.” Saturday’s show had to be cancelled at short notice after Ryan Willis, who plays “Quack Pack” member Pewcey, was struck down overnight with a nasty virus and taken to hospital. Budgets at the Edinburgh …

Robbie Sherman Explains: The attraction of penguins and other animals

Robbie Sherman doodles penguins

The stars of Love Birds are penguins and parrots. And this isn’t the first musical that Robbie Sherman has written featuring animals. What’s with the anthropomorphism?  Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: “Anthropomorphism” is a long word which roughly means “the attribution of human characteristics into animals.” There should be a slightly longer word (with the same …

Interview: Youngest penguin George Knapper comes of age with a whistle

George Knapper as Puck in Love Birds. © Steve Ullathorne

Continuing our cast interview series, we catch up with George Knapper, who plays Love Birds‘ youngest member of the Quack Pack, Puck. Read more about George’s previous credits on the Love Birds cast page. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeKnapper.    Tell us more about your character, Puck. Puck is the youngest of the penguins. But out of all four of …

Interview: Jonny Purchase transitions from Les Mis to Love Birds

Not as glamorous backstage as onstage: Jonny Purchase plays Presley in Love Birds The Musical

As our cast interview series continues, we catch up with Jonny Purchase, who plays penguin “Quack Pack” member Presley, straight from Les Miserables, in the West End and onscreen. Read more about Jonny’s other previous credits on the Love Birds cast page. Follow him on Twitter @jonnypurchase.   How do you walk like a penguin? The joy with interpreting the …

Stephen Moore: How to cast a company of penguins and parrots

How do you find the perfect penguins for your first musical?

What are the challenges of casting a new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe… when the characters are parrots and penguins … and it’s your first time casting for a musical? Seasoned casting director Stephen Moore explains the process behind finding our fine-feathered Love Birds company. When I was casting at the BBC, a TV script would occasionally require an actor …

Full cast announced for our world premiere production

John Guerrasio, Greg Castiglioni, Rafe Watts, Jonny Purchase, Ryan Willis, George Knapper, Anna Stolli, Joanna Sawyer and Ruth Betteridge

Robert J Sherman’s new musical Love Birds follows closely in the Oscar-winning footsteps of his father and uncle (a.k.a the Sherman Brothers), who led the way with Mary Poppins. It’s fantastic, feathery, family fun performed by four penguins, four parrots and a real dinosaur… We’ve searched high (but not so low, these are birds, after all) to find a fine-feathered …