Members of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus will be appearing at the B Right On Festival next month, in the premiere performance of a work written and directed by two of their own members.

The musical theatre version of The Seven Doors of Danny, composed by AGMC member, Ricky Horscraft, and directed by Tom Slater-Hyndman has been written in collaboration with award-winning Brighton poet, John McCullough. It brings together a number of AGMC members, a guest cast and a 30-piece orchestra conducted by the composer, along with Chorus favourite, Kara Van Park, who has hosted several AGMC shows to date.

Interestingly, Tom was Ricky’s original introduction to the Chorus in 2011. Ricky said: “This is a major project and Tom has been an absolute godsend, both with his talent as a director and with his support as a friend of several years. I’m so lucky to have been given this opportunity as a composer and the Actually guys have totally pulled it out of the bag with their commitment to my work.”

The Seven Doors of Danny is based on Shakespeare’s The Seven Ages of Man monologue and tells the story of the title character from childhood to old age as he deals with various challenges at different stages of his life.

Tom said: “I’m so pleased to be helping take this superb work to the next level. I encourage everyone to go out and buy a ticket to support what will be a truly memorable evening.”

Actually Gay Men’s Chorus Musical Director, Samuel Cousins will be assisting Ricky in the role of Chorus Master. He commented: “It’s been very interesting learning Ricky’s music which has definitely grown on me! This is a wonderful occasion for us to showcase another aspect of what the Actually boys can tackle.” Chairman, Alan Baser added: “I’m very proud of us having this opportunity to perform in the heart of the gay community with talents like Ricky, John and Tom in our midst. Learning new works is often challenging but the commitment members have shown is testament to the quality of friendships that Actually GMC fosters.”

Kara Van Park said: “I’m very excited about this production. Playing a villain is very different from what I’m used to, but I know it’ll be fabulous! B Right On is a fantastic vehicle for showing off all the talent that exists in our community, while raising much-needed charitable funds.”

The Seven Doors of Danny will be performed on Saturday 24th February 2018 at 8pm at the Phil Starr Pavilion, Victoria Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1WN.