BEN is based on the incredible true story of Bernhardt Wichmann III, an extraordinary elderly gentlemen who lived on East 74th Street, New York City. Ben's story is one of endurance, friendship, community and, above all, happiness, and it is the subject of our latest musical.
In January 2017, Noisemaker became the first Scottish writing team to be selected for the prestigious Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Connecticut. Over the two week residency, we constructed a first draft of BEN, which we later brought back to develop further in Scotland. Noisemaker are also Artists-in-Residence with the National Theatre of Scotland, so we harnessed this resource to support an initial development week on BEN in March of this year at NTS new headquarters, Rockvilla.
Following this week, Goodspeed Musicals and Dundee Rep led a secondary developmental reading in New York City in January 2018, which will lead to a full co-production at Goodspeed in Spring 2019.
Prior to this, we’re excited to announce, that there will be a concert performance of BEN at Dundee Rep this Autumn as part of their 2018/19 Season. For more information on this event follow the link below:
More news soon but, in the meantime, if you want to have a listen to any of BEN be sure to click here for some of the workshop cast recording.