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The Navigator

Fighting High Publishing is pleased to support ‘The Navigator’ an exciting and inspirational new piece of musical theatre.

Mission Statement

The fight for freedom. The bond of friendship. A courage to love.

The Navigator, an ensemble piece of musical theatre, highlights the vital role that Bomber Command played in the Second World War by focusing on the crew of one Avro Lancaster.

The Navigator has a cast of 16 actors: 10 men and 6 women. The set will be minimal with two or three significant moving pieces, plus a back-projection screen. We intend to recreate the effect of the legendary sound of the four Merlin engines. This is a fully-integrated ensemble piece with cast members moving the set and scenery when necessary.  The Music is served by a full orchestral score achieved by means of a flexible and variable combination of live musicians embellished by pre-recorded orchestral material to suit the available budget.

In addition to the theatrical impact of the show it is designed to have an educational value, and this element will be built into the production. Cast members will be required to run workshops and host Q&A sessions in local schools and theatres.  It is also intended that Bomber Command veterans will be involved in these activities.  We have the support of many areas of the world-wide RAF community, including the RAF Benevolent Fund, the International Bomber Command Centre and many distinguished senior Veterans. The Navigator keeps alive a period of recent history too often forgotten, and pays respect to those men and women who sacrificed so much in their formative years.   It is intended that there would be regular fund-raising events for the various charities associated with Bomber Command, to help those veterans and their families suffering illness and poverty.

The Navigator is not jingoistic, nor is it designed to romanticise the nature of war. It is an honest account, based on inspiring true-life accounts, anecdotes, correspondence and actual events, along an historically factual, chronological timeline.

It is the story of a few of the young men who risked their lives in the cause of freedom. Bomber Command was made up of 125,000 airmen. 55,573 gave their lives over the course of the war. It is to those gallant men that The Navigator is dedicated.

 

Personal message from Bomber Command historian Steve Darlow, Publisher at Fighting High.

Over the last couple of years I have been working on a piece of musical theatre with a fellow script writer, lyricist, and composer. Called ‘The Navigator’ the piece tells the human story of a bomber crew and their sweethearts during the Second World War. I can honestly say it has been one of the most inspiring and moving projects that I have been involved in, drawing on all the stories I have heard from veterans over the years, and capturing the emotional truth of the period.

Recently we have been recording demos of the music and I have often had to leave the room with emotions taking over. The whole piece really captures the personal journey the bomber boys went through, and also that of the women who shared their lives. Everything is now gearing up for a concert presentation of The Navigator at the Letchworth Broadway Theatre on Sunday 19th November.

Tickets are available through this link https://www.broadway-letchworth.com/theatre/whats-on/the-navigator.

This is just the beginning. Our dream is for this to be produced in the West End and to take the bomber boys story to a new generation. To keep up to date with the progress of The Navigator please visit, like, and share The Navigator page https://www.facebook.com/The-Navigator-984519204940778/.