The Unblinding

Portfolio / November 19, 2014


 The Unblinding is a sci-fi musical written by Sarah Henley with music and lyrics by James Fox.

The Unblinding charts the story of a gifted young man who lights up the dark secrets of the universe.
In a world where people are acting impulsively – with no consideration for their future or legacy – our reluctant hero uses his powers to re-ignite his mother’s passion for life, before it’s too late…

The Unblinding reveals how for all of us, our relationship to time underpins the ultimate success of our existence.

This musical with a twist will bring together anthemic tunes, creative technology, circus and special effects.
The Unblinding brings together an experienced team of artists on a mission to re-invent musical theatre and ensure it’s accessible for a young and diverse audience.

It is brutally honest, edgy and has a plethora of crazy young talent bursting at the seams.
I urge you to witness this extraordinary piece of theatre
Arts Review on Sarah Henley’s latest musical 


Writer Sarah Henley
Music and Lyrics James Fox
Cast: Sandra Marvin, Duane Lamonte, Rob Compton, Kieran Vyas, Aretha Ayeh
Casting Will Burton
Creative Technologist Alex Lewer
Producer Sarah Sansom
Photography Haim Saib
Thanks to Brandon Henry, Greg Oliver, Michael Amaning,
Gbemisola Ikumelo, Neko Okoye, Ben Astle, Tim O’Hara.


The Unblinding has been supported by Theatre Delicatessen
and funded by Arts Council England.




James Fox is a composer and lyricist. He has had many roles in the music industry – having had chart success writing and performing his own songs; writing for other artists; being a session musician; and performing in musicals. He wrote the Poppy Appeal single last year with Tim Rice, and was the UK’s Eurovision entrant. He also wrote tracks on Alex Parks’s platinum selling album. He has performed as Paul McCartney in Let it Be and as Billy Joel in Piano Man in the West End and Broadway.



Duane Lamonte is a rising star. He trained at the Anna Scher Theatre School and at The Young Actors Theatre. Duane got through to the Judges House (Gary Barlow) in X- Factor in 2013. He has performed in Our Day Out   in the US, West-end and German tours; Played Stevie Wonder in Dancing in the Street European tour and has played in the West-End version of Hairspray. Duane has sung in the Nelson Mandela Tribute concerts, performed in a Supergrass video and choreographed Hindi Hicks’ music videos. He is often seen competing in street dance competitions. There is no stopping this one!



Rob trained at The Brit School and ArtsEd, London. Theatre credits include: Bat Boy (Southwark Playhouse); Mother Courage and Her Children (Library theatre/Lowry); A Chorus of Disapproval (Harold Pinter Theatre); All the Fun of the Fair (UK Tour) As You Like It, Merlin and The Woods of Time (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) Great Expectations (ETT/Watford Palace) and A Christmas Carol (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Television includes: Endeavour, Silent Witness and Eastenders



Alex Lewer is a lighting designer, creative technologist and designer working on the creative development of The Unblinding. He will be developing technologies to integrate mobile devices into productions and is currently prototyping a platform integrating wearable miniature LEDs allowing costumes to become an extension of show lighting. Alex has recently developed technology allowing iPads to be used as synchronised, remotely-controlled video surfaces in From Where I’m Standing (2013).



Sarah trained in musical theatre and has written three new musicals After the Turn, Streets, and Another Way.
After the Turn
had a sell-out run at the Courtyard Theatre and was nominated for Broadway World’s Best Fringe or Regional Musical – the only piece of new writing in the category.  Another Way was nominated for an Offie for Best New Musical. Streets was nominated for Best New Musical and Most Promising New Playwright. Streets transferred to the Hackney Empire and The Vaults. Her most recent play, From Where I’m Standing (Underbelly 2013) received a ‘Must See’ badge from the Stage and excellent reviews.



Sandra is aN experienced singer and performer, recently performing in the Kate Bush “Before The Dawn” concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo. She starred as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago and has toured the UK & Ireland with the multi award winning musical Hairspray, with her critically acclaimed performance of Miss Motormouth Maybelle. Sandra has recorded for Sony, Universal Pictures, and Disney; performed vocals for artists including Liam Gallagher,  Tim Burgess and The Charlatans. Sandra featured on the title track of the Oscar winning soundtrack of blockbuster, Gravity starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney and has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House, Sadlers Wells and Ronnie Scotts. Other theatres include: Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Porgy and Bess (The Savoy Theatre), The Lion King (Paris) & Cool Hand Luke (The Aldwych Theatre).



Aretha trained at CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH & DRAMA. Theatre credits include Sooz Fitzwarren in DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT(Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); Joice Heth in BARNUM (Chichester Festival Theatre); Alana, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Liverpool Playhouse); Guinevere in PENDRAGON (Rose Theatre Kingston); Frank Whately, with Joanna Horton, Jeremy James Taylor; Understudy of Ola / Ensemble in ORVIN ‐ CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS for the National Youth Music Theatre with Alan Ayckbourn; Eslanda Robeson in RED HUNTER for the National Youth Music Theatre with Vernon Mound and Tim Sutton. Television, includes Marie, CUCUMBER (RUSSELL T DAVIES), Channel 4, Alice Troughton; Feature Film, Margot in THE QUIET ONES, Hammer Film Productions with John Pogue.



Kieran trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre includes: Rehearsed Reading, Harjeet/Mahdi, LIBERAL GUILT (Birmingham REP) with Alan Wilson; Rehearsed Reading, Fareed El‐Khoury, EINSTEIN’S SOCKS (Theatre 503) with Bobby Brook; Ghafur, THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS (Tara Arts) with Jatinder Verma; The Gentleman Caller, THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Birmingham School of Acting) with Vik Sivalingam; Hippolytus, PHAEDRA (Birmingham School of Acting) with Rae Mcken; Musical, Crookfinger Jake, THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Birmingham School of Acting) with Daniele Sanderson; Macbeth, MACBETH (Birmingham School of Acting) with Alison Sutcliffe


Will has recently completed casting on Bugsy Malone for Lyric Hammersmith and The Secret Diary of Adrian Molefor Curve Theatre. Prior to which he was the casting director for the UK premieres of Altar Boyz and the sell-out critically acclaimed production of In the Heights. He has worked with directors Matthew Warchus, Jamie Lloyd and Undhu Rubasingham, and choreographers Peter Darlin, Drew Mconie and Stephen Mear. As Associate Casting Director at DGA, Will’s West End credits include: Urinetown, Made in Dagenham, Matilda, The Commitments, A Chorus Line, Ghost, Shrek, Sister Act, Hairspray and Chicago. Will has scouted talent for The Voice UK and Britain’s Got Talent, with other Television credits including: Superstar (ITV), Over The Rainbow (BBC) and So You Think You Can Dance (BBC). Will is a full member of the Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain. @WBurtonCasting