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DARE WE PRODUCTIONS (sponsored by The Forum) present the new family musical MISSRED
(formerly known as The Freckles Effect - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe).



Set in 1930s England, Fran Ethel Red, born and then fostered many times in Bristol, is about to go on a journey…. Not on her imaginary ship with its crew of friends as she regularly does but this time, she is literally off to explore new horizons. 

It might seem like yet another foster placement but this one is going to be different! It’s in South Devon on the coast. She will get to see the sea of her dreams. But how long will she last there? The odds are not good. Although Fran loves the beautiful surroundings, she fears the people will be the same as before.  Few, if any, have taken the time to discover what is beneath Fran’s feisty, lively and enquiring persona.

"Some kids are mis-understood, I'm Miss Red!"

Miss Red’s arrival in the close-knit community causes dismay, curiosity and will ultimately create divisions. Will this boisterous live-wire only shock and outrage or can she also spark new vitality and warmth in some of the troubled and unfulfilled populous?


Join Fran on her voyage of discovery.


"A sure fire hit, not to be missed!"
British Theatre Guide - Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016

Now renamed MISSRED, meet our central character,
Fran Ethel Red, played by Sophia.

More adult and kids cast photos to follow soon, including Jemima from VOICE KIDS UK 2020 who plays Clara Rathbourn.


mel lawman


Mel is a writer, lyricist and qualified Drama and English teacher. Her writing credits include pick of the week BBC Radio Dramas, BBC School Radio Drama and Dance programmes. She has worked for the Unicorn Arts theatre and Mattel on children’s audio tapes. Mel was a story-liner and series script-writer for an on-going BBC Wales Radio Drama “Station Road” and has written for BBC television drama “Doctors”. Mel was a script writer/devisor of “Speak Up” radio programmes, Africa Educational Trust. Mel runs BATS youth drama. Several students have reached the finals of Bath Young Actor of the Year. Mel has started her next musical and is also writing pop songs.

Mel is currently working on her second musical with the world wide musical director of THE LION KING. Some songs will be recorded this Autumn and they hope to work-shop the show in London early next year.



Matthew composed his first musical, “Frame By Frame” whilst studying for his MA in composition at Bristol University kindly funded by the Mackintosh Foundation. The musical was a finalist in the prestigious Vivian Ellis Awards. Since then he has written a number of youth musicals, including the one woman show “Laura’s Star”. Three years ago, Matthew combined excerpts from his musicals to produce a Musical Collage called "Wants. Needs. Dreams" which was performed at the Rondo Theatre, Bath. Matthew has also composed music for Theatre, Television, Radio, Big Band, Church choirs and even Dressage! He is Musical Director for Bath Light Operatic Group.



Owain has a Masters in Music from Bath Spa University. Tom has a Degree in Music. Tom and Owain are young professional composers from Bath. As a pair they have been involved in composing music for ‘The Liberty Tree’ and ‘Freckles’. Over recent years they have also branched out into the world of music for media, composing music for 1 Love Music and one of Rockhopper TV’s latest productions. As performers, they have shared a stage with the likes of The Heavy, Chas & Dave, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Sam & The Womp. Tom is a current and Owain a past member of the band “Bare Knuckle Parade”.


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