A musical version of the 2018 film Wild Rose, with a libretto penned by the film's screenwriter, Nicole Taylor (Three Girls, The C Word, The Nest), will premiere in Scotland with venue, dates, and casting to be announced.
Olivier winner John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Black Watch) will direct the world premiere, produced by Patrick Daly of Caledonia Productions with Faye Ward of Fable Pictures and Nia Janis of Playful Productions as executive producers.
Wild Rose concerns Rose-Lynn Harlan, who is fresh out of jail and wants to leave Glasgow and head to Nashville to make it as a country singer. But with an ankle tag, a curfew, and two young kids, her dreams are far removed from her reality.
The film, directed by Tom Harper and produced by Ward, won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Feature Film, Best Writer for Taylor, and Best Actress for Jessie Buckley. Wild Rose also won the Best Independent Film Award for Best Music and several awards for Best Original Song for "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)," including the Critics’ Choice Award. That award-winning tune will be included in the stage version with additional songs from the film and more to be announced.
Taylor says, “When the character of Rose-Lynn Harlan first roared into my head some 13 years ago, shouting, swearing, and, of course, singing, I aways dreamt she might have a theatrical afterlife. That this is coming to pass under the direction of the great John Tiffany, whose work I have adored ever since I saw Black Watch, is a source of such pride and such excitement. There’s no story that means more to me than this one—this mad passionate love letter to my twin obsessions, Glasgow and country music."
Director Tiffany adds, “I saw Wild Rose
in 2019 and thought it was brilliant. It’s a hilarious, moving,
truthful, and totally life-affirming piece of filmmaking. I remember
thinking then that the story might also find a natural home on a stage. I
was already a big fan of Nicole Taylor after seeing Three Girls,
so when Patrick Daly, Faye Ward, and Nicole approached me I jumped at the
chance to meet them. My formative years were spent in Glasgow, both as a
student at the University (when I first went to Glasgow’s Grand Ole
Opry) and later at the National Theatre of Scotland, so the final song 'Glasgow (No Place Like Home)' holds a special place in my heart.”