A major new musical – by Ozzy Osbourne’s former keyboard player and an internationally acclaimed crime writer – has benefited from pre-launch support from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) students.
Musician John Sinclair and author Lin Anderson ran an intensive three-day workshop with students from the University’s BA Performance course, to develop ideas for Voice of a Generation, alongside producer Chris Grady.
The much-anticipated musical, set in New York in 1975, tells the story of a young woman and a fast-rising rock star, as they look to give a voice to young soldiers as they return from the Vietnam War.
The show will launch in 2025, to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the conflict.
Students tested out ideas for an innovative immersive, recorded concept, and a potential stadium tour of the musical.
Alongside his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, John Sinclair is known for his time in band Uriah Heep, and for styling keyboard sections of mockumentary film This is Spinal Tap. A story from his time with the rock group even inspired a section of the cult film.
He said: “It was tremendous to work with the students at UWS. Given my background, it was a first for me in terms of seeing music
I’d written brought to life in the theatrical sense, and their level of enthusiasm, creativity and sheer talent was overwhelming.
“I’ve no clear idea of the mechanics of how this project may develop, but I truly hope that a situation arises that requires us to do more of the same.
“I’ve come to live a very reclusive life these days, so the opportunity to ‘resurface’ for this was superb!”
Lin, well known for her hit Rhona MacLeod novels, added: “Working with the students at UWS was a truly exciting and invigorating experience.
“Their enthusiasm was infectious, and they all demonstrated impressive commitment and talent, as we workshopped ideas for Voice of a Generation.
“The students should be proud of their contributions, which will prove invaluable as we continue to bring this musical to life.”
BA Performance Programme Leader Stephen Langston said: “We were delighted to host these three world-leading creatives, as they shared both industry insights and their immense talent with our students.
“It was a truly exciting process, placing students from all levels of the Performance programme at the heard of developing ideas for an incredibly exciting new production.
“I look forward to future visits from John, Lin and Chris to develop this musical further.”
For more information about studying BA Performance at UWS, visit: https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-course-search/performance.
Photo: John at home near Loch Ness Inverness-shire. The former schoolhouse now contains a recording studio
Photo: Lin Anderson