The Opinion Makers

A Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Derby Theatre co-production
Derby Theatre Productions
Wednesday 13 November 2013 - Saturday 23 November 2013

When the utterly incompetent team at Fernsby Market Research find themselves facing the stiffest challenge of their professional lives – to report what the British Public really think of world famous ‘Doctor Campbell’s Lotion’ in readiness for a re-launch – there’s only one thing for it; make it all up! After all, that’s what market research companies do, isn’t it?

Critically-acclaimed writing duo Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon have assembled a wonderful cast of characters for this brand new musical comedy, including: the hapless Fernsby and his useless sidekicks; a beatnik advertising phoney and his jazz flute playing muse; a Scottish Laird with a dark secret and a glamorous American gold-digger wife; and an insane Home Secretary-in-waiting.

What’s more, they’ve written a raft of great new songs that’ll transport you back to the world of ‘swinging sixties’ London for this hilarious, off-beat musical take on the birth of the political pollster – think Mad Men meets Miranda!

Originally developed by New Perspectives Theatre Company.

The Opinion Makers Workshop
Sat 16 November, 10.30am – 12.30pm

This workshop for adults (16+) is for those who would like to explore the process of developing a new musical.  The show’s director, Daniel Buckroyd will co-deliver this workshop with the show’s Musical Director, Tom Kelly, in a combination of a practical approaches and demonstration. They will look at the comic structure and components of the music from this new show. 
Bring your instruments if you play!

£20 per person, including a ticket for the show

Book for the workshop

Running time: 
Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes (including interval)