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The Jazzabelles

The Jazzabelles

The Jazzabelles is a musical by Belfast composer Nick Boyle, about three women in Belfast in the 1950s who form a jazz trio and work their way up, through religious bigotry, an abusive husband and a blackmail plot against their in-the-closet manager, to play the Floral Hall. The production toured theatres in Northern Ireland before having a run at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in 2018. The cast had undergone some changes by then – my poster features the original 2015 trio, (right to left) Claire McCartney, Beccy Henderson and Samantha McMillan.

Here’s Beccy performing “Sole Position”:

The poster was done as a brush and ink drawing with digitally hand-separated colour. These are the layers:

The Jazzabelles colour separations

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