As the jargon-loaded mouthful of a name suggests, the show takes the evidence given at a government inquiry over the headlining-grabbing closure of Kids Company and turns it into a musical. Yes, that's right, verbatim song and dance show inspired by a select committee. The book and lyrics will come, with just a few edits, from the transcript of evidence given at the inquiry.
It's bold new territory for the musical theatre form, but with a powerhouse creative team comprised of Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and Tom Deering, Committee is an exhilarating prospect.
“The objective of this session is not to conduct a show trial. We want to learn some lessons," promises the show blurb (and presumably the actual committee). It takes us back to 15 October 2015 when Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob gave evidence to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. The inquiry came after Kids Company, a high profile charity, collapsed in August 2015.
There was a torrent of headlines chronicling accusations of mismanagement, abuse and criminality. Donors withdrew and the government requested reparation of a £3m grant. Then an investigation by the Metropolitan Police was the final blow for the charity. The case was closed in 2016 with no evidence illegal activity found.
The combination of scandal, morality and public shaming gripped the public imagination, but how far do we really understand what happened?
Now, we have the chance to consider all the evidence, as it happened... through the medium of song. We're promised a neutral production (unauthorised by either parliament or participants), that invites us - the public - "to consider how civic life in the UK is really governed."
Now let's see how catchy the show tunes are...
|What||Committee, Donmar Warehouse|
41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
24 Jun 17 – 04 Aug 17, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£12 - £65|
|Website||Click here to book via Donmar Warehouse|