The Jazzabelles

Promotional image for The Jazzabelles, an original musical by Belfast composer Nick Boyle. It’s the story of three women in 1950s Belfast (played by, left to right, Claire McCartney, Beccy Henderson and Sam McMillan) who form a jazz trio, and their setbacks and triumphs on the way to a big gig at the Floral Hall.

The Jazzabelles

The show debuted with rehearsed readings at the South Bank Playhouse, Belfast, on 3 and 4 July 2015, in which I played the group’s manager, Vince Flynn. It has since gone on to full productions at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, on 11 February 2016; the Old Courthouse Theatre, Antrim, on 12 February; the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, on 13 February; the Down Arts Centre in Downpatrick on 19 February; and the Market Place Theatre, Armagh on 20 February. Sam had to drop out, so Vera was played by Nuala Davies, and they’d managed to get Stephen Beggs to play Vince, so I played three supporting villains and a barman.

I didn’t do full manual colour separations on this one, but simulated them digitally with layers. See below for the process. First we have the line art, drawn in brush and ink, scanned and given a very pale yellow background. Then, in order created, the red layer, the blue-grey layer and the yellow layer.

The Jazzabelles colour separations

Some songs from the show:

Spice and Sparkle (sung by Beccy Henderson)

Snake Oil (sung by Claire McCartney)

Pecuniary Straits (sung by Claire McCartney)

Keep it Free (sung by Claire McCartney, Beccy Henderson and Sam McMillan)

Sole Position (sung by Beccy Henderson)

And here’s an interview with writer-composer Nick Boyle, including acoustic versions of two of the songs with the full trio, Songs to Sing (13.18) and Pecuniary Straits (23:02).

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