an original musical 

"Three soldiers lost in the theatre of war find themselves on the biggest stage of their lives"  

The Team

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Joshua Aitchison

Composer, lyricist & playwright

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Joshua has a First class hons degree in Popular music and recording from The University of Salford and a Grade 8 distinction for electric guitar. He was the main songwriter and lead guitarist in the band Jeramiah Ferrari and co-wrote songs including “Island Girl” which reached number 4 in the reggae charts and “New Blood” which has more than 1.5 million Spotify plays. He has shared the stage with One Direction, Little Mix, Madness, UB40 and performed on radio stations such as Rock fm and Key 103.

 Patricia Donoghue Murphy

Scriptwriter & playwright 

Patricia Donoghue Murphy. Patricia has a BSc in pharmacy and has worked as a pharmacist contracted to our glorious NHS for many years, all the while pursuing her passion for writing as a hobby. To indulge her hobby and convert her hobby to a career, she studied for an MA in screenwriting at Salford University, which she achieved with merit. Patricia has screenwriting credits for a produced short, “The scent of success” and a feature film, “Pegasus Bridge”, a story following the team who successfully achieved the spear head attack of the Normandy landings in June 1944. In 2021, Patricia was shortlisted for the BAFTA new writing forum for children’s drama and 2022 shortlisted for the BBC open call for adult drama. Patricia has just accepted a publishing contract for her first novel, a dark, historical drama called “So shall ye reap”. “Les trois Bouffons” is her first sally in to writing a libretto for a musical, which has been made easy by the inspired imaginings and musical excellence of her co writers Paul & Josh Aitchison. The story is close to her heart, because her father was a Normandy veteran which has given her an insight in to the emotions and challenges of the brave young men who answered the call.

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Paul Aitchison

Composer, lyricist & playwright

After learning the organ aged 16 Paul went on to gain his BTEC National Diploma in music studying classical and jazz piano under Geoff Moore at Wigan & Leigh college. He served his time performing in local bands and later became a piano teacher, shortly after he cowrote his first amateur musical Half of Everything which first graced the stage in 1993 and is still performed on the amateur circuit. He later co-wrote a new version of The Hunchback of Notre dame receiving acclaim from Cameron Mackintosh and Bill Kenwright which was produced and staged by Andy Stott of Purple Patch Productions, now head of music at Royal Northern College of Music.  

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Les Trois Bouffons is the story of three foolhardy British soldiers who get separated from their unit and trapped behind enemy lines in June 1944 after the Normandy landings. During a brief exchange with a German sniper, one of the soldiers takes a flesh wound. They are short of rations, ammunitions and have no means of communication and they seek shelter in a nearby village church, La Saint Trinite̒. There they find a group of villagers also taking refuge, and among them is the beautiful young widow, Estelle E̒clair.

Part of the church has been set up as a theatre with a stage, costumes and scripts to keep the villagers entertained and maintain their spirits in the dark days of Nazi occupation. The unhinged and delusional German Captain, Frederick Winkler, who is in control of the village, has an eye for the beautiful Estelle and has an ambition to become a theatre impresario. He offers safety to the villagers in return for their performance, under his direction, to impress his Commandant. They comply under duress. What unfolds next is a story of passion, heroism, jealousy, loss and the tale of

Les Trois Bouffons

Written by:

Joshua Aitchison

Patricia Donoghue Murphy

Paul Aitchison

Contact Information:

Paul Aitchison

07748517153

Joshua Aitchison

07999195919

Patricia Donoghue Murphy

07977465302

lestroisbouffons@hotmail.com

The Plot

Scene One Projected footage for audience

Battle of Normandy 

Thank you for taking the time to look at our submission, we hope you like it!  All the songs and storyline have been written, arranged and recorded by the three of us on a shoestring budget, however we have big aspirations for the show. We would love nothing more than to see our vision come to life on stage, but we need a little help to get there. Les Trois Bouffons is fully finished with a completed script and songs, however, we are open to mentoring, re-writes and collaborations. If you are interested please contact us on any of the above phone numbers or by email.