Jake Brunger (Book and Lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (Music and Lyrics) are a London-based musical theatre writing duo described by The Stage as “one of musical theatre’s most dynamic writing partnerships”. They met at Bristol University in 2008, where they were studying Drama and Music respectively.
Their adaptation of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ recently ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, where it was nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical. The Original London Cast Recording will be released in 2018 by Sony Masterworks Broadway.
Their musicals together include: Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre 503 and Jermyn Street Theatre), The Great British Soap Opera (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Jermyn Street Theatre), Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre and worldwide including London, Edinburgh, Mexico City, North America and Middle East tour), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ (Leicester Curve; nominated for the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People), Prodigy (National Youth Music Theatre / St James Theatre; original cast recording available on iTunes and Spotify), Treasure Island (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and a new adaptation of Chicken Little (Singapore Repertory Theatre). They are Associate Artists of Curve Theatre and also wrote the songs for the Rose Theatre Kingston’s Christmas show The Snow Gorilla.
For more information please visit www.brungerandcleary.co.uk or follow Jake and Pippa on Twitter @jakeandpippa
Jake’s additional credits include: Sam’s Game (Lakeside Arts Centre), Pub Quiz (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, which he also directed), People Like Us (Vineyard Theatre, New York / Pleasance Theatre) and Four Play (Old Vic New Voices Festival and Theatre 503; published by Nick Hern Books). Jake was recently named as one of the “writers-to-watch” on the 2017 BBC New Talent Hotlist and is currently working on various film and television projects.