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“A delightful new musical” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times


“A fresh and funny show from the young songwriting team of Jake Brunger (book and lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (music and lyrics). They clearly have the potential to inject new life into the anaemic British musical” – Michael Billington, The Guardian ****


“What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to offer a full-throated commendation of that rarest of beasts, a perfectly realised new British musical. A warmly appealing bulletin from more innocent times, full of memorable, hummable songs. A lovely, lovely show” - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard *****


“I adored this funny, nuanced and surprisingly moving musical treatment of Sue Townsend’s much-loved bestseller. In an ideal world, it would be scooped up and put in a small West End playhouse. Its hard-toiling originators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary (book, music and lyrics) deserve some recompense. The countervailing, upbeat spirit of the piece is an infectious joy. A show for all ages.” – Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph ****


“Regular collaborators Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger prove once again that they are one of the most exciting musical theatre writing teams working in the UK today. Adapting a such well-loved character for the stage must be a hugely daunting task. But Cleary and Brunger have risen to the challenge, creating a joyous British musical comedy that feels funny, poignant and – despite being set in the 1980s – remarkably fresh.” – Paul Vale, The Stage ****


“This is the brainchild of Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary: a clearly talented duo who started working together when they were students. What they and their team have created is a blast: an entertainment-focused spectacle with smart jokes and even better songs” – *****


“The great musical numbers created by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary blend 80s pop with real show stoppers, and act as the perfect vehicle for his gawky internal monologue. This endearing and thoroughly enjoyable show should not be missed” – The Independent *****


“This utterly delightful musical from Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary knowingly amps up the wry silliness of ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾’ into something actively more adult-friendly. But any which way, it’s an unbridled hoot. The songs are good, flimsy fun: jolly pastiches of other genres, ranging from old-fashioned song and dance numbers to a hilariously overwrought synth-rock jobbie. In a desperate year for the British musical it’s a ray of giddy sunshine – book now so you can smugly say you caught it before the West End transfer.” – Time Out ****




"Scripted by the precociously talented Jake Brunger, Jet Set Go! is one of those rare, unexpected delights. The characterisation is spot-on, tenderly comic and endearing" - Jay Richardson, The Scotsman ****


"Fabulous singing and spot-on sarkiness characterise this show. Knee-slapping humour and catchy sing-along songs; there are lots of terrific performances, engaging songs and rewarding laughs" - Carmody Wilson, The Herald ****


"Jake Brunger's book is witty, insightful and clever with each of the show's eight characters perfectly defined. The subtlety of subtext in the writing is such that it always rises above cliche and the sheer exuberance of the humour wins over the audience throughout" - *****




“Writing duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary have been gradually making their mark on the musical theatre scene with smaller pieces such as Jet Set Go! and The Great British Soap Opera. Earlier this year, they gained greater attention with their adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at Curve Theatre in Leicester. Receiving its UK premiere here, Red Riding Hood is a thoughtful, and frankly exciting, adaptation of the popular children's story.


It's not simply the story that's exciting, although Brunger's book opens up the thin narrative to create a host of sharp ideas and characters. What is exciting is that Red Riding Hood is a perfectly formed, well-rounded piece of musical theatre for young people. It doesn't make any concessions to the age of its intended audience, but offers a commendable introduction to the authors.” – Paul Vale, The Stage ****




"Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s script is smart yet completely accessible to the many young students in the audience today, with a winsome heroine and a charming band of fine-feathered friends, while deftly playing with surprisingly delightful poultry related puns, always inspiring with its message of taking courage and the power of friendship easily evoked by the simple yet completely captivating storyline.


Writers Brunger and Cleary’s music and lyrics are catchy and filled with witty rhymes, and would not feel out of place on Broadway or West End, utilising refrains and repetition throughout to fully integrate the entire soundtrack." - Bakchormee Boy (blog)




“A delightful, G-rated musical that will appeal to children young and old, as well as most adult. They managed to put across the simple yet touching messages of friendship and trust effectively through the super-catchy songs and well choreographed routines.” - Red Dot Diva (blog)

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CHICKEN LITTLE - Singapore Rep