Leo Cappel has just returned from a month as resident writer at the NZ Pacific Studio, Mt Bruce, near Masterton. The Studio is an old homestead, built in 1911 and now restored as a residence for artists, including writers. Leo was delighted to accept the invitation. He found the homestead and the international visitors amazingly stimulating, so he wrote two short plays in quick succession, and most of the script for his fourth musical: THE BUSKERS. It is planned as a full-length play for four main actors – with music as part of the action. Two of the actors hope to get a one year fellowship at the London School of Music through a competition. These two need to be able to sing and play: Irish harp and keyboard. A third actor will be a flute player. They are busking in front of a Turkish restaurant, so actor number four, wait for it!, is a belly dancer. Two more actors are needed in minor roles. Leo is now finishing the scores of about two dozen songs plus incidental music. The musical will shortly be ready for workshopping. (Any takers?)
After his stay at the Studio and travelling well over 2,000 km, including storm on the Dessert Road, Leo finally needs to get back to earth.
Leo Cappel, Whangarei