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Playwriting Prize student to premiere new work at Liverpool Hope

Image of Jonathan Cheriyan for the PW Prize Monday 7 December 2015

Drama student Jonathan Cheriyan, who won a 21 and under award at the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize in April this year, is set to premiere his new musical Prodigal at the university’s Capstone Theatre.

Prodigal tells the story of a boy named Benjamin who, after his father’s death, decides to run away and explore the big wide world. He lives a life of debauchery spending his inheritance – but it is not long before his thoughts turn to coming back home. The production is directed by Molly Barbour.

Jonathan is now in his third year at Liverpool Hope University and was previously trained at the Arts Educational School.

In April 2015, he won a Highly Commended 21 and Under award at the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize for his musical comedy Happy Ever After? which imagined what happens to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Alladin, the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming once the storybook is closed. He has written and directed four musicals and composed over 35 songs for them. Jonathan was selected to work with the National Youth Theatre to star in Terry Pratchett's Mort the Musical adaptation and also performs stand-up comedy.

Prodigal – Tuesday 8th December 2015, Capstone Theatre, Creative Campus, Shaw Street. Tickets £3 with all proceeds to charity. 

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