"I'm all alone. I don't know who I am. Please. Help me."
FOREST BOY was created in partnership with the New Musical Development programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Based on the incredible true story of a boy who appeared in Berlin on September 5th, 2011, claiming to have lived in the wild with his father for the past five years of his life. He had no memory of his past, who he was or where he came from; only that his name was Ray and he'd travelled to Berlin following the death of his father in the woods. What followed were nine months of speculation, police inquiry, and a global media frenzy, as the mystery of the "Forest Boy" slowly unravelled.
We began writing Ray's story as it was unfolding in 2012 and, in 2013, FOREST BOY premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe alongside another of our pieces, FREAKSHOW.
As a result of it's Fringe run, FOREST BOY was selected to transfer to the EHE8 Festival held at the Arcola Theatre, London. During this run, the show received the S&S Award for Best New Musical, in association with Mercury Musicals and Musical Theatre Network. The focus of the S&S Award is to further the professional development of a new musical by pairing writers with industry mentors and help them work towards a showcase performance in London. Noisemaker worked with acclaimed director and choreographer Jonathan Butterell, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, Laurie Sansom, and West End Musical Director, Mike Dixon, redeveloping FOREST BOY. In 2015 this version was presented at The Other Palace.
Following it's time in London, FOREST BOY was chosen as one of 10 Next Link productions to be shown at the renowned New York Musical Festival in NYC; the first time a UK writing team had been selected to do so. Collaborating with director Robert McQueen, Noisemaker gave FOREST BOY it's US-premiere at the Pearl Theatre Company in August 2016. The show was well received and was awarded the Stage Rights NYMF Publishing Award 2016.
If you'd like to read the true story that inspired us to write FOREST BOY, click on the articles below. Alternatively, check out our FOREST BOY website at http://www.forestboy.co.uk
Telegraph "Authorities Appeal" Article:
Telegraph "Mystery Solved" Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/9333519/Forest-Boy-finally-identified-and-admits-I-made-it-all-up.html
FOREST BOY is a one act musical that runs at 80 minutes. It works for a cast of between 6 and 10, depending on the scale of production. It is scored for a piano, keyboard, guitar, cello, violin and double bass. For any questions or enquiries regarding licensing please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you fancy a listen to FOREST BOY be sure to click here to hear the cast recording!
FOREST BOY PRESS
"With excellent writing and a talent pool this good is easy to see that the future of Scottish and indeed British Musical theatre is in safe hands."
Broadway Baby ★★★★
"a haunting score... and a tantalizing story"
British Theatre Guide ★★★★
"Their goal to create and develop fresh and innovative music theatre has certainly been realised "
The Herald ★★★★
"a simultaneously earthy and soaringly fantastical musical "
Three Weeks ★★★★