Jungr's Ballad looks set to go down a storm

Preview by Paul Nelson

BASED on an original idea by Barb Jungr, The Ballad of Norah's Ark is a major new piece of work. This will be a sneak preview, a semi-staged concert performance of the musical, and will open at the Drill Hall 2 on May 1 at 8pm.

Through pop, gospel and soul music, Jungr and Russell Churney's musical tells the story of a downtrodden Norah, and her rise and fall as a modern day prophet.

Described as Britain's answer to Juliette Greco and Serge Gainsbourg, 'A British Piaf', 'legendary' and 'a cult', Barb Jungr is the leading singer and song stylist of cabaret and chansons in Britain. With a unique recording and performance history, she is a driving force of contemporary European cabaret in the wider world.

Every Grain Of Sand, which celebrates the work of the legendary American songwriter Bob Dylan, was released in 2002 to great critical and chart success. Described as 'a world class vocalist' by Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph, Barb has also carved a prominent and individual furrow with her renditions of Brel and Ferre in her solo stage shows.

Russell Churney spent seven years as MD/pianist for Julian Clary, touring extensively in Britain and overseas and appeared in two series of Sticky Moments for Channel 4. Since then, he has worked with Barb Jungr as MD/co-deviser on the music shows Barb, Bob and Brel, Songs From The Heart and Killing Me Softly among others.

In a story featuring a chorus of angels, a terrible drought, an enormous Ark and eventually a tempestuous storm and flood this is a contemporary musical theatre project about epic themes on a grand scale.

We are promised we won't get wet this time!

The Ballad of Norah's Ark by Barb Jungr and Russell Churney WITH Barb Jungr Produced by Martin Sutherland Productions in Association with the Drill Hall at the Drill Hall 2 May 1-10 Thursdays, Saturdays 8pm (Saturday 10 May at 6.30pm and 9pm) Sundays 5pm Tickets 020 7307 5060.

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