REDDITCH’S very own musical is marking its tenth anniversary this year – in song.
‘Eye of a Needle’ based on the incredible, world conquering Redditch needle industry, was written for the town by Malcolm Carlton, Brett Elesmore and Cathy Moss, all of Indigo Arts.
Back in 2007 it was performed by members of the local community, then known as the Red Ditch Musical Theatre Company, to wide acclaim.
It has since seen several further performances in the town, including one at Forge Mill Museum, which forms the back drop to the tale, as well as earning high praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Based on demand it is hoped the next step will be for Indigo & publishers Millennium Music to revive it in the near future.
To celebrate the 10 year mark, Indigo will be performing songs from the show at Forge Mill’s Heritage Day event this Sunday, September 10, with cast old and new, and members of Indigo’s musicmaker, O25, IndigoCo, and The Violettes.
Indigo are also inviting old cast members, and fans of the musical to come down to rehearsals at their Arts Lab base in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
Cathy Moss, said: “We would love to see as many people as possible join us at the Mill this Sunday to celebrate the musical, and the phenomenal Redditch heritage on which it is based.
“We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the musical and the interest it has generated in the history of the town.
“The tale it tells has informed and involved a great number of the younger generation in understanding a once great industry in their own home town.”
Indigo Arts will be performing from 12noon to 3pm.