Writer Rob Inglis works on his folk opera
Published: 23 August, 2012
by PETER GRUNER
CAMDEN'S veteran writer of musicals Rob Inglis is finishing off the lyrics for his latest offering about the building of the Regent’s Canal from his hospital bed.
Former Royal Shakespeare Company actor Mr Inglis, who has been awarded a £16,000 Arts Council grant for the show, was taken to University College Hospital last weekend during rehearsals with a serious leg infection, which developed after a fall. He should be released this weekend.
Several consultants and nurses will attend the first night of Regent’s Canal, a Folk Opera, when it opens at Kings Place on Friday, August 31. The story, mostly told in song, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the digging of the eight-mile canal
Mr Inglis, who lives in Somers Town, said: “I’ve written 31 songs and I hope audiences will sing along. The Regent’s Canal was certainly a great achievement but its uses for transporting freight were overtaken by the trains. Today, however, there is a new mood among the public to turn this underused backdoor London resource into a place of recreation.”
Musical arrangements are by Bob Stuckey, with direction by John Dunne.
The folk opera is at London Canal Museum on September 7; The Constitution pub, St Pancras Way, September 9; London Irish Centre, September 13; Camden Lock Interchange Basement, September 20; and Somers Town Community Centre, September 29. To find out more, visit www.regentscanalafolkopera.org.uk