Between the Bars was initially formed in December 2010 to provide opportunities for showcasing new writing and performing talent.  Our first full production was the musical Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff in 2012.  Since then, we have performed both new and existing works, in Cambridge and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to fulfil our aim of discovering undiscovered talent.

After a long Covid induced hiatus, we recently returned to the ADC theatre with our production of the award winning musical Once.  Based on the 2007 film of the same name, and featuring the Oscar winning song ‘Falling Slowly’, Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician and a Czech woman who are drawn together by their love of music.  With an Irish folk rock inspired score and a cast of actor / musicians, Once is a funny, poignant and uplifting musical about love, loss and hope. 

There are few musicals which offer the opportunity for a fully integrated cast of musicians, singers and actors and we were delighted with the fantastic response to the show.  Here are a few comments from our audience members:

“A truly memorable show”

“We felt as though we were at the West End”

“An actor musician show at its best”

“It was extraordinary…the best thing I’ve seen in ages, and certainly the best thing I’ve ever seen at the ADC by quite some margin”

“A real privilege to see this – utterly beautiful magic”

Thank you so much to all of our cast, creative team, crew, and audiences. Once has truly been a show like no other, and we’re so grateful to every person who helped make it happen and who came along to see it.

Our next production will be After Life by Jack Thorne, at Corpus Playroom, Cambridge from 13 to 17 December.  We hope to see you there!