Clive Thanks Fans After His Eye Surgery
Clive had to undergo an emergency eye operation due to a detached retina. The operation is believed to have been successful, but the final results will be unknown for at least a month. Clive is currently taking a compulsory recovery break.
Here's to a swift and thorough recovery, Mr. Nolan!
Clive: "I found myself in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where a couple of surgeons did what they had to. It was decided it should be 'local anaesthetic' so that turned out to be a long 70 minutes which I won't describe right now! They believe the operation went well, but the results will be unknown for a while yet. I would be lying if I said this wasn't freaking me out, but I am strengthened by the kind thoughts you have sent me. I just wanted to thank you all for such great messages of support! It made a big difference to my frame of mind. I will do my best to be a 'patient patient', and look forward to annoying you with my music just as soon as I can!"
"She" Comes to Germany!
Clive: "On Saturday November 28th we will perform a concert version of ‘She’ in Germany. This is going to be a return to the wonderful Neuberinhaus Theatre in Reichenbach, where we performed ‘Alchemy’ a year ago. The is a very exciting prospect since we enjoyed last year’s show so much. A fantastic reception from an excellent audience. I get to be behind the keyboards again for one of my musicals - back with the band. I’m looking forward to that immensely! I hope to see some friendly faces there."
Watch the video HERE
More about "She" HERE
"The Fire and the Quest": We Did It!
'The Fire and the Quest' festival celebrating 10 years of Clive Nolan Musicals took place on September 4th and 5th, 2015. The artists of the Caamora Theatre Company performed three shows in front of the sold out venue of the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, UK. Clive’s jubilee was commenced with the premiere of a brand new production of his first musical, 'She', followed by the off-West End version of 'Alchemy', both directed by Ian Baldwin. Saturday acoustic concert, hosted by Clive himself and featuring, among others, some of the original performers from both musicals, gave a chance to reminisce about the past 10 years of Clive’s musical journey. The event was a great success and fun for performers and the audience alike.
Clive: "There is no doubt that ‘The Fire and the Quest’ weekend is over, and what a fantastic weekend it was! The plethora of terrific performances, the culmination of such brilliant work and preparation, and of course the wonderful reaction of the lovely people who travelled from the corners of the world to see us in action. It’s the audience that really makes a show, and guys… you made it! I felt proud, moved and excited all in one heady mixture! This was truly a lifetime highlight!"
I Like Writing Musicals: A Conversation with Clive Part 2
Clive: "As far as the characters I played are concerned, there was a practical reason... When I started writing the songs I was cheaper than anybody else around, so it made some kind of sense that I played Leo initially in "She". But I never felt any affinity for that particular role - it didn't really suit me. But when I wrote the story of "Alchemy", I was very aware that the character of King would suit me more. So that was a much easier decision to make. These two characters are the two that I actually sang. Obviously I sing a lot of the background chorus as well and when I do the demos, I sing a lot of the material even if it becomes somebody else's part later on".
I Like Writing Musicals: A Conversation with Clive Nolan Part 1
Clive: "When I was a child my parents had a radiogram. You were pulling the little doors open and there was room for albums on the sides and the record deck in the middle. Being an only child I used to have a lot of time on my own and I used to go through these records. We had a collection of albums like "South Pacific", "My Fair Lady", "The Sound of Music". At that time I did not really think consciously about the genre - I just used to listen to these albums all the time and make up my own stories, cause they did not have proper sleeves. So, I had to imagine what was going on in the story. Thus from a very early age I was listening to that kind of music and my parents used to take me to see some of the musicals in the cinema. I remember being taken to see "Oliver!" and "Scrooge the Musical" and various other ones as well. So, I was brought up on a diet of musicals to some extent."