A Phil Collins Theatre Play now exists: "In The Air Tonight"
As bizarre as this sound, I have written a 1 hour 50 minute play centred around all the music Phil created prior to 1989. I'm an Australian playwright who has grown up with his music, and the music of his era. The blurb for my new play is below. I have tried extensively to pay for rights to the music, to receive rights for performance and so forth, but the Australia regulation system has done nothing but sent back blank rejections to the rights applications because of the lack of care on their part.
Given Phil's retirement and so forth, I believe that he may get a kick out of the play himself and I'm looking for ways to get around the red tape and to the artist himself. I know this is a thoroughly unlikely way to get his attention, but I have to try everything I can, else I've wasted the last 6 months of my life writing it. It also requires me to supply an email address, so I have created an address specifically for this forum. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any potential leads regarding rights acquisition.
This is the blurb for "In The Air Tonight":
"Welcome to 2006. Our scene takes place in Darwin Australia, specifically at the location of the Australia's Secret Space Mission. This Mission was established in 1988, when a young scientist named Benson discovered that there was a way to launch a manned space mission to the planet Pluto. In 1989 the mission was launched, with a target of hitting Pluto in 2007. With an 18 year time span, this mission was going to be the most mentally intense mission ever attempted by a human. Two astronauts, both having broke up from long-term relationships chose to accept this task. The spaceship, amongst other luxuries, could handle the digital storage of 14 songs. The songs would have to be timeless and inspirational - and great care was take to allow equal weighting to the suggestions of all those at the Space Mission. However, due to the strain on personal relationships caused by the mission, and the proximity of the launch coincided with the release of the 1989 album 'But Seriously...', it came to pass that the 14 precious places were filled with a collection of Phil Collins Greatest Hits. Our story takes place 1 year before the intended landing, where our heroes, Xavier and Jared sit patiently, having cycled through Phil Collins back catalogue a staggering 93,000 times, awaiting their landing on the planet furthest from the Sun - Pluto. The exact time when it is discovered that Pluto is no longer a planet".
Every scene is set to a different Phil Collins song and interacts with the characters or plot in some way. It's a great way to bring back a lot of the music I grew up with to a younger audience. If anyone can help - Please get in contact with me. I'm doing the best I can through other avenues. Show will hit audiences in October 2011 and expand in 2012 if we get the rights we need!