"THE MUSIC AND THEATRICAL VISION OF PAUL BOYD ... A TRULY CLASS ACT" Irish Times
Red is Paul Boyd's musical version of the world's oldest story, Little Red Riding Hood, and it was commissioned and originally produced by An Grianán Theatre in Co. Donegal.
The show tells the story of a troupe of travelling gypsies who camp by the edge of a dark wood and gather to tell stories around a camp fire. The sound of wolves howling from deep within the forest leads the characters to tell the story of one of their ancestors - a mysterious girl who wore a red hood.
Extensive research into fairy tales played an important part in the writing process of Red and the many versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story, with their various endings, are used to create an exciting and fun finale to the musical.
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal Dec 2000 - January 2001
Lyric Theatre, Belfast November 2001 - January 2002
"The real star of the show is Boyd’s original
musical score ... this show is a howling success"
The show is performed by a cast of five, has been staged in two full professional productions since its creation in 2000 and the Red original cast recording CD became one of pbm's best-selling releases. The CD was re-released in 2015 to mark 15 years of the show and is available to buy by mail order (click here).
In 2005 pbm toured Red as part of “The Red Project”, the company's musical theatre training programme where students rehearse with a professional cast and crew before appearing on stage in public performances. pbm has regularly presented Red as the central production of its annual musical theatre training programmes in theatres across Ireland ever since.
Special versions of two songs from the show, "I'm Your Man" and "Basket On The Ground" feature on Paul Boyd's greatest hits album One Night Stand which is available to download from online retailers or on CD by mail order (click here).
"Boyd has put much thought into this beautifully presented show ... a zany new production fusing drama and movement" Irish Times
"The real star of the show is Boyd’s original musical score, which ranges from gentle ballads and rock’n’roll to gypsy rhythms ... this show is a howling success" Irish News
"Boyd explores the many versions of this classic tale through music and dance ... A checklist of catchy tunes from the talented Boyd" Belfast Telegraph
"Composer and lyricist Paul Boyd has carved out a unique position for himself in the kaleidoscope of Ireland’s musical theatre ... he again demonstrates his insights into the successes of the West End musical ... with tunes as potentially popular as any of Lloyd-Webber’s ... Here’s all the broad sweep of the West End ... that manages the astonishing feat of entertaining both ancients and toddlers in equal doses" Belfast News Letter
"the music is stunning" BBC Radio