New Writing

The Lost Boys believe in a mixture of the old and the new and thus we produce works of New Writing as often as we can, sometimes as a commission, other times it is a piece of work we have written ourselves.


Strange Meeting

The Lost Boys were commissioned by Sinfonia Viva along with Playwright, Peter Roberts to create a one-act play based on Wilfred Owen’s Poem; Strange Meeting. This play would fit into two-part evening alongside Sinfonia Viva Orchestra, performing the chamber version of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The whole event was funded by The Arts Council of England and premiered at Derby Cathedral June 2017. It will be touring the country during 2018.


Producer                Director               Sound Designer    

Paul Broesmith    Dr Pete Meakin      John Adams


Narrator                      Albrecht                       Joe

Paul Broesmith       Ben Adwick            Tom Farthing


A Romantic Affair

The Lost Boys commissioned Peter Roberts to write a new piece of work based on a fictional first meeting between the Romantic Poets, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley before they embarked on their adventures across Europe. The resulting script is fantastic and was co-produced with Derby LIVE and National Trust and premiered at Kedleston Hall in February 2017. It will be on tour during 2018.


Producer                Director               Costume Designer    Company Manager

Paul Broesmith    Dr Pete Meakin    Tim Heywood              David Barton


Byron                                                 Shelley                                 Cellist

Ben Adwick                                      Paul Broesmith                  Deirdre Bencsik


Just wanted to say how hugely we enjoyed A Romantic Affair last night! I was absolutely blown away by what you did with it. I’d always been concerned, on your behalf,  that the script, by the nature of the subject, may have been a bit ponderous and awkward to deliver. I shouldn’t have worried  – it was wonderfully  transformed and electrified in yours and Pete’s hands.  The chemistry between you two guys generated an almost palpable energy in that room, and drew an unbelievable level of rapt attention from the audience. The cuts were wisely chosen, hardly noticeable and, I felt,  increased the momentum. Many congratulations – and, yes, my heartfelt gratitude for producing such a wonderful account of the script!

Peter Roberts – Playwright


I just wanted to add my own congratulations to you all for two superb evenings of a Romantic Affair – the second even better than the first in spite of your fans taking photos during the performance! It has been an absolute privilege to work with you and a real pleasure to witness your talents, artistry and the fine details of your production. It’s a shame there were only two! Peter’s script was remarkable and Ben and Paul totally convinced me that they were Byron and Shelley – you have a wonderful relationship on stage that brings out the best in each other. Bravo….and I’m sure that Bach would’ve loved this!

Deirdre Bencsik  – Cellist        Sinfonia Viva


Just wanted to thank everybody involved in the excellent performance at Kedleston last night. We both had a really enjoyable evening.

Neil Bishop