GUY: A New Musical premieres as part of the Breaking Out initiative at The Bunker Theatre. Daniel Perks catches Leoe Mercer of leoe&hyde to discuss the work:

It was one of our Theatre Editor’s top picks for these spring months – in June, the Breaking Out initiative kicks off as part of The Bunker’s Summer Season 2018. A new programme by Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart, it champions new work from innovative theatre companies, with six shows all playing over the course of four weeks in a repertory style scheduling that is proving more and more popular on today’s fringe scene:

  • On Mondays and Thursdays will play Libby’s Eyes and Nine Foot Nine
  • On Tuesdays and Fridays will play No One Is Coming To Save You and Section 2
  • On Wednesdays and Saturdays will play Kiss Chase and GUY: A New Musical

Previously we interviewed Artistic Director Hannah Samuels and her show, Kiss Chase. Finally we caught up with Leoe Mercer of leoe & hyde, whose latest show, GUY: A New Musical, peeks behind the veil of prejudices inherent in the modern gay male community:

Breaking Out The Bunker

Describe GUY: A New Musical in three words.

Hair –> Rent –> GUY

How are you feeling about performing at The Bunker as part of the Breaking Out event?

Looking at the other shows, we clearly all want to understand ‘being millennial’ – whether that’s love, mental health, equality and diversity – etc. GUY is definitely part of that conversation – it’s part catchy-electronic-gay-rom-com-musical, part woah-what-is-this-life-we’re-living-HELP.

Who or what are your inspirations, the things that give you the energy to keep going and making theatre/ acting/ being involved?

Hmm hmm. The more you realise there are aspects of your life that no show you know captures, the more you just think “fuck it, I’ll do it myself”.

What are the future plans for GUY: A New Musical? What is the dream after this run?

Future Plans: We’ll develop into a full-length show: we already have extra songs and an extended plot in mind, so we’ll be ready for a new production pretty fast, fingers crossed!

 The Dream: Oh ok, it’ll be made into feature length, all-star film, ft. Ollie Alexander.

What is the best production that you saw in the last 12 months – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?

Both of us at leoe & hyde were mega impressed by Six at the Edinburgh Fringe last year – sharp premise, slick lyrics, fresh tunes.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?

The show stars Seann Miley Moore – the supremely talented Australian musical theatre star and singer who came to fame on the 2015 X Factor!



GUY: A New Musical runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 June – 7 July 2018, one of the Breaking Out plays as part of The Bunker Summer Season. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the venue website.