About the Show

Celebrated poet and broadcaster MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG (BBC 6 Music poet in residence, Radio 4, Radio 2) presents his thrilling new family performance.

After the windswept double funeral of his parents, 7-year-old Crispin (or Crispin de Quincy de Faversham Clumps to give him his full name) inherits his ancestral home – Raddlesham Mumps.  He finds himself in a huge empty house with only an ancient butler for company.  And when that butler, Kenilworth, begins to tell him about the bizarre and hilarious deaths of his deeply eccentric ancestors the story takes flight on darkly comic wings.

In this brand-new show Murray mixes compelling story-telling and poetry with a brilliant score, a healthy dose of physical theatre and a touch of silliness.

A gothic tale which will make you and your family shudder and laugh out loud!

Some words from Murray about the show:

As a child I was fortunate enough to be told stories by both my mother and father.  My father’s stories were sweeping and epic, my mother’s were closer and full of detail.  I was also read quite a lot of verse by my mother: Hilaire Belloc, Doctor Heinrich Hoffmann, Edward Lear and many others.  At the same time I was listening to my parents’ entire record collection.  Everything from: The Beatles’ White Album to Johnny Cash, early Bob Dylan and onto Gilbert and Sullivan and the brilliant 1941 recording of Peter and the Wolf, scored by Prokofiev with narration by Basil Rathbone.  The thing that brought all these disparate influences together was that they were stories, told by tellers with unique voices.  I was utterly fascinated by it all and wanted to be one of those people.  So, here we are at the gates of The Raddlesham Mumps.  I only hope this work, made with the help of a brilliant creative team, helps to continue in the tradition of all the voices – lyrical and musical – that went before, and hopefully inspires a few more, young or old, to join in this ancient and modern tradition.

You can listen to the start of Basil Rathbone’s recording of Peter and the Wolf here: