Actors owed thousands of pounds for their work on the cancelled musical Disco Inferno are “unlikely” to see any of the money, the accountant handling liquidation of the show’s production company has admitted.
As reported by The Stage last month, the musical, which featured former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater and ex-Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer, was pulled just a few days into its planned six-week run. At the time, performers in the musical had been in dispute with the show’s producer, Garth Harrison of Disco Inferno Productions Limited, over his ability to pay them.
Now it has emerged that Disco Inferno Productions has collapsed, with accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy appointed to handle its liquidation.
A meeting for creditors was held last week, after which a report was compiled by Wilkins Kennedy, that has been seen by The Stage. It states there are 49 creditors owed a total of £127,112.18 by Disco Inferno Productions. These are a mix of actors and production workers, with one company owed as much as £24,000. Some of the actors involved are owed more than £3,000.
However, in an official statement released by Wilkins Kennedy to The Stage, David Tann, who has been appointed liquidator of the company, admitted that the cast and crew are unlikely to see money owed to them.
Tann said: “The company has very few assets and whilst I am looking to sell the set and costumes for the production, at the moment it looks unlikely that there will be any return to creditors at all.”
According to Wilkins Kennedy’s statement, Disco Inferno Productions had experienced difficulty securing funding for the musical, estimated to need £250,000 to meet pre-production costs and the first two weeks of performances.
It said the “production hit problems when only part of the promised investment was secured and the cast walked off set on Saturday, August 25 as some of their performance money for that week could not be paid”.
One performer who did not want to be named said she hoped Harrison “will never be allowed to mess actors around to such appalling lengths again”.
According to Companies House, Harrison has been the director of three other production companies, all of which were dissolved.