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Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Fidel the Musical - first performances in London this November
Inspired by the story of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution in 1959, UK academic Denise Baden has written 'Fidel the Musical' with the help of school students around the UK. The very first 90 minute performances of the show will be premiered at Iris Theatre in Covent Garden on 16 November.
About Fidel the Musical
In the 1950s, with his trusted gang of revolutionaries including the Argentinian doctor Ernesto Che Guevara, and Celia Sanchez, Fidel Castro vowed to liberate Cuba from the dictator Batista. With just a few hundred soldiers and limited weapons, they took on Batista's army of thousands, with its tanks, aircraft and US-backed weapons and won. Their secret was their bravery, dedication, and the support of the Cuban people who desperately longed for social justice and an independent Cuba.
The script was written with the desire to tell the tale from the Cuban perspective. This musical aims to go beyond the propaganda, misinformation and ideology to present an accurate and balanced portrait of the Cuban revolution and its leader. With the objectives of entertaining as well as educating.
Drawing on the Cuban values of education and inclusion, musical numbers have been adapted from the best of the songs submitted by music students across the UK who were challenged to write songs for Fidel the musical. More than 800 schools and colleges signed up to write songs and they held an X-factor style event to engage the public in choosing the best songs. One of the objectives being to create opportunities for aspiring songwriters.