Writer and Lyricist

Jake Brunger

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2017)

 

“A delightful new musical” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

“A fresh and funny show from the young songwriting team of Jake Brunger (book and lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (music and lyrics). They clearly have the potential to inject new life into the anaemic British musical” – Michael Billington, The Guardian ****

 

“What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to offer a full-throated commendation of that rarest of beasts, a perfectly realised new British musical. A warmly appealing bulletin from more innocent times, full of memorable, hummable songs. A lovely, lovely show” - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard *****

 

“I adored this funny, nuanced and surprisingly moving musical treatment of Sue Townsend’s much-loved bestseller. In an ideal world, it would be scooped up and put in a small West End playhouse. Its hard-toiling originators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary (book, music and lyrics) deserve some recompense. The countervailing, upbeat spirit of the piece is an infectious joy. A show for all ages.” – Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph ****

 

“This is the brainchild of Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary: a clearly talented duo who started working together when they were students. What they and their team have created is a blast: an entertainment-focused spectacle with smart jokes and even better songs” – Whatsonstage.com *****

 

FOUR PLAY at Theatre 503 (2016)

 

"Sharp, well-observed and often frank play with some stand-out comic moments." - The Stage

 

"21st century relationship comedy Four Play by Jake Brunger is a frank and hilarious take on the complexities of modern day monogamy as told through the eyes of four gay men." - Londonist

 

"To say this is not the stereotype of a gay play is an understatement. Now playing at Theatre503, Four Play, written by Jake Brunger, is possibly one of the best written British gay dramas of the decade." - Live Theatre UK

 

"Jake Brunger'’s new comedy about “sex and commitment in the 21st century” is witty, laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking at the same time." - West End Wilma

 

RED RIDING HOOD at the Pleasance Theatre (2015/6)

 

“Writing duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary have been gradually making their mark on the musical theatre scene with smaller pieces such as Jet Set Go! and The Great British Soap Opera. Earlier this year, they gained greater attention with their adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at Curve Theatre in Leicester. Receiving its UK premiere here, Red Riding Hood is a thoughtful, and frankly exciting, adaptation of the popular children's story.

 

It's not simply the story that's exciting, although Brunger's book opens up the thin narrative to create a host of sharp ideas and characters. What is exciting is that Red Riding Hood is a perfectly formed, well-rounded piece of musical theatre for young people. It doesn't make any concessions to the age of its intended audience, but offers a commendable introduction to the authors.” – Paul Vale, The Stage ****

 

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE at Leicester Curve (2015)

 

"A home-grown hit for the Curve...a show constantly paying neat homage to previous British musicals and the traditions of the TV sitcom, and yet always staying distinctive and true to its source material... A quaint, unassuming little charmer." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****

 

"This all-singing, all-dancing Mole comes up trumps; in fact, it's so good it could burrow its way to the West End... the evening does that rare thing: it makes you laugh, tugs at your heart-strings and honours the spirit of the original while being playfully inventive...this fresh, funny, stirring spin on a Thatcher-era classic may be around for a long time to come." - Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph ****

 

"It's no small achievement to make this first musical version such a lively, evocative pleasure... amusing and affecting enough to leave you glowing...a thoroughly charming evening: faithful to the book but with a tenderness of its own."  - Dominic Maxwell, The Times ****

 

JET SET GO! at Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre 503 and Jermyn Street Theatre (2008/9)

 

"Scripted by the precociously talented Jake Brunger, Jet Set Go! is one of those rare, unexpected delights. The characterisation is spot-on, tenderly comic and endearing" - Jay Richardson, The Scotsman

 

"Fabulous singing and spot-on sarkiness characterise this show. Knee-slapping humour and catchy sing-along songs; there are lots of terrific performances, engaging songs and rewarding laughs" - Carmody Wilson, The Herald

 

"Jake Brunger's book is witty, insightful and clever with each of the show's eight characters perfectly defined. The subtlety of subtext in the writing is such that it always rises above cliche and the sheer exuberance of the humour wins over the audience throughout" - Broadwayworld.com

 

 

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