The Weekend started its life as a play which was published in 1994, and premiered in the same year at the Strand Theatre in the West End, starring Richard Wilson in the role of Stephen Febble. It was later broadcast on Radio 4 with Michael Palin himself playing Stephen. The Weekend was Sir Michael's first stage play and is described as taking a look at family values with dark humour.
The story in brief......'Faced with a family gathering, world-weary Stephen Febble does his best to be difficult. When his daughter, her dreary husband Alan, their precocious child and - not least - the dog come to stay for the weekend, it's enough to make him reach for the whisky, and for the sarcasm. The climax arrives on Saturday night when his patient wife, Virginia, has a party and the chiropodist comes too' (Bloomsbury).
Scott Stroman is a musician of unique breadth. US-born but long based in London, he is a composer, conductor and performer and director of Eclectic Voices and the London Jazz Orchestra. He conducts baroque to contemporary music with orchestras, choirs, and opera in the UK and Europe and directed the LPO's innovative cross-genre Renga and Hit Squad ensembles. In jazz and world music has worked with artists including Youssou N’Dour, Goran Bregovich, Phil Collins, Billy Cobham, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Rufus Reid.
A noted educator, he developed the Guildhall School's world-class jazz programme, and has conducted youth orchestras, choirs, and jazz ensembles throughout the UK. He directed the Northern Sinfonia's Young Sinfonia and the LPO's Youth Orchestra and Future First ensemble, and has led numerous workshops and cross-genre projects with orchestras, opera companies and education authorities in the UK and abroad.
The Weekend is Scott Stroman's fourth work for Highbury Opera Theatre, following a musical version of Shakespeare's As You Like It and collaborations with Tamsin Collison on the youth theatre piece Fables and Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch.
Tamsin Collison is a writer, director and singer. As a writer she has collaborated with composers including Orlando Gough (For the Public Good, Stand, and Open Port), John Webb (Lionhunt, The Ballad of Slippery Jack, Cat-Astrophe), Evangelia Rigaki (Professional Suicide), David Knotts (Mister Purcell – His Ground), Peter Latenka (Songs of the Marsh), Kerry Andrew (Dart’s Love), Sxip Shirey (What Dreams May Come), Scott Stroman (Fables and Fever Pitch), Rebecca Dale (Winter), and Cheryl Frances-Hoad (Love Bytes and Last Man Standing), as well as jazz singer Gabrielle Ducomble’s albums Notes from Paris and Across the Bridge.
She directs and lectures at LAMDA and RADA in Audio and Classical Theatre, and has directed over 400 audiobooks, most recently All The Sonnets of Shakespeare with Sir Kenneth Branagh and Lolita Chakrabarti.