Interview: Ruth Betteridge reveals more family history in Love Birds

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Continuing our cast interview series, we catch up with Ruth Betteridge, who plays Love Birds‘ youngest Macaw Sister, Valentine. Read more about Ruth’s previous credits on the Love Birds cast page. Follow him on Twitter @BetteridgeRuth.  Tell us more about your character, Valentine. She’s got quite an interesting father in Baalthazar. What do you think their family backstory is? Valentine is loving, thoughtful and …

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

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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: Director-choreographer Stewart Nicholls on putting it all together

Love Birds director-choreographer Stewart Nicholls with actors John Guerrasio and Greg Castiglioni in rehearsals

Stewart Nicholls has not only directed and choreographed Love Birds the Musical, but also assembled the entire creative team and worked closely with writer Robbie Sherman on the final version that’s now playing at the Edinburgh Fringe. To read more about Stewart’s previous credits, visit the Love Birds creative team page.    You previously worked with Robbie Sherman on A Spoonful …

Watch: The Story Behind … An Old-Fashioned Guy (in performance)

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Writer Robbie Sherman and director Stewart Nicholls explain how the show’s soft shoe shuffle, “An Old-Fashioned Guy”, was put together – including what a tacit bar is and the challenge of talking over music. Actors John Guerrasio and Greg Castiglioni demonstrate exactly how it’s done in performance in Love Birds The Musical…  

WATCH: The Sharpest Smile is sounding happy and snappy

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From keyboard to performance: writer Robbie Sherman talks to director Stewart Nicholls about the lyrics to “The Sharpest Smile” (a song about a parrot’s affair with an altogether different kind of beast), and Love Birds cast members Anna Stolli and John Guerrasio put the new song through its paces in the show…

WATCH: How the Love Birds band create the 1920s sound

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Love Birds The Musical is set in the vaudeville world of 1923 New York. How does the band create that unique 1920s sound? At the show’s first band call, director and choreographer Stewart Nicholls introduces musicians James Pritchard (drums) and Marcus Pritchard (bass) – the fact that they’re brothers helps keep them always nicely in sync – and music arranger Richard …

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 …