Thalidomide: the Musical
I've been compiling a list of odd (but real) musicals. So far I have:
To this short list I can now add Thalidomide: the Musical
. It's described as "A PC-free musical with a short-armed punch. Set against the 60s thalidomide drug scandal this is a love story with show tunes, love songs and monster baby Tangos." It features songs such as It's Hard To Hitch Down Life's Highway With No Thumbs
and Talk To The Flipper
. It was written by and stars Mat Fraser, who is himself a victim of Thalidomide. An article
about the production states that:
While Thalidomide groups have generally backed the new show, they admit that some members have been offended by Mat's work in the past. Dr Martin Johnson, director of the Thalidomide Trust, said: "We think it's great someone as badly disabled as Mat is making a great career in this industry. Many of the people we support wholeheartedly approve of him because his aim has always been to challenge society's attitudes towards the disabled."
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