Chart the history of the show’s success from 2010-present

JUNE 2014

Composer Nicholas Keyworth and lyricist Michael Wilkinson in RhodesComposer Nicholas Keyworth and lyricist Michael Wilkinson launched ‘The Making of a Musical’, a one-hour show going behind the scenes of the show, at the Rhodes International Festival. The spin-off show is now being used to promote Revolution The Musical in the UK and internationally.


The Concert Artistes' AssociationA showcase of Revolution is presented to a private audience of producers and directors at the West End’s Concert Artistes’ Association.


Corsham in MusicCorsham in Music concert sees the world premiere of the new song ‘Leap of Faith’


scoreWork begins on developing the full-length score of Revolution.


bosniaRevolution’s creators Nicholas Keyworth and Michael Wilkinson travel to Bosnia Herzegovina, visiting Mostar, the setting for the musical.


trowbridgeThe curtain falls at the Trowbridge Arts Festival in Wiltshire on the last performance of the 2012 pilot production.


Composer Nicholas Keyworth and lyricist Michael Wilkinson
Composer Nicholas Keyworth and lyricist Michael Wilkinson

The show debuts on the international stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was well received by more than 1,000 people, achieving four and five star reviews.

MAY 2012

Athenaeum CentreThe South West pre-Edinburgh tour of Revolution begins in Bridport and travels to Bristol, Minehead, Melksham and Warminster, performing to hundreds of people. Audiences were given the chance to meet the cast and creative team, providing feedback to help shape the show’s future.


soldiersThe 2012 cast meet for the first time at a rehearsals weekend in St Ives, Cornwall, before getting down to business in March with regular rehearsals at Corsham Court, Wiltshire.


aceArts Council England award £10,000 for the development of Revolution. The arts development company Revolution Arts was born with the aim of developing the show ready for a 2012 tour of an 80-minute pilot production.

JUNE 2011

Jeremy Garner in 2011 productionA 50-minute pilot production of Revolution is performed to around 100 people at the Corsham Festival. The show was a sell-out and the one-night-only performance spurred on Keyworth and Wilkinson to continue developing the show.


Composer Nicholas Keyworth and lyricist Michael Wilkinson

Composer Nicholas Keyworth and Michael Wilkinson begin to write Revolution. The very first ideas start to emerge from the new collaboration. At the time, Keyworth had been working as the Artistic Director of an arts centre and Wilkinson was a local newspaper journalist in Wiltshire.


Memories of the war in Bosnia can still be seen on the streets of Mostar – the setting for Revolution


Stari Most

Lyricist Michael Wilkinson explains the inspiration behind his words

Standing on the famous Mostar bridge for the first time I realised just how special this architectural wonder is.

But as I met the people that cross it every day of their lives – to go to work, to see their friends – It dawned on me that this amazing structure is much more than a bridge.

The ‘Stari Most’ is a symbol of where east and west meet, of unity and of a history of which the Bosnian people can be proud.

Michael Wilkinson
Michael Wilkinson

But the shiny new stone of the replica bridge, rebuilt by 2004 after its destruction in 1993, is also a painful reminder of the dark chapter that these people have endured.

As we developed the story behind Revolution I was struck by how, despite our involvement in that region’s complex struggle for peace amidst the break-up of Yugoslavia, there is a real lack of understanding about what actually happened there.

Revolution is not a definitive guide to the Bosnian War and it is not supposed to be. That’s what history books are for, but what I hope Revolution! will be is an inspiring story taking the essence of the struggle to its heart – the will of a people fighting for the freedom they deserve.

That message has so many parallels across the world and the human struggle which is so much a part of it are brought to our television screens on a daily basis such as, in recent years, in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and now in Syria.

Whatever you take away from Revolution let there be a heart-warming message of love, hope and freedom prevailing.