A NEW musical which has been described as a modern-day Les Misérables will be performed in Barnstaple next month. 99% Proof is a rags to riches story of a homeless hero set against the backdrop of a society stricken by economic downturn.
It is the first musical written by Jennifer Wilkin-Shaw which includes 18 songs.
Jennifer, from Frithelstock, started writing the musical two and half years ago and said she has been amazed at how the themes have developed since then.
She said: "I have written plays before for my own amusement but this is my first musical.
"I started it as a play but it just developed and it started to fit to a musical, the whole thing is rhymed.
"The musical tells the story of a jobless 'hoodie' who, through a simple act of compassion, brings an evil boss to his knees. It developed because I was writing a socio-political documentary, which turned into a play, and then I wrote a song, which a friend of mine said was one of the most beautiful songs he'd heard."
She then turned it into a musical and Alan Welch from Petroc helped put the orchestral score together.
Jennifer added: "You have to be focused when you are creating something like this.
"The musical starts in London on the steps of St Paul's.
"The cast have brought it alive and I have been amazed at how they have fitted the parts like a glove."
99% Proof will debut at The Factory, in Barnstaple, on September 13, 7.30pm and September 14, 2pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets: £10 from www.undergroundtickets.net or North Devon Theatres box office: 01271 323242.