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Caroline Quentin and Janie Dee among stars lined up for MS song cycle

Janie Dee at the press night for The Seagull at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: David Jensen
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Caroline Quentin, Janie Dee and Laura Pitt-Pulford are lined up to perform as part of a song cycle inspired by people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Called Ms, the song cycle has been created by lyricist Rory Sherman, with 14 numbers written by composers including Paul Boyd, Sarah Travis and Tamar Broadbent.

Alongside Quentin, Dee and Pitt-Pulford, other performers will include Jodie Jacobs, Caroline Sheen and Josefina Gabrielle.

Each song tells the story of a different woman affected by multiple sclerosis, including carers and sufferers, and has been created by Sherman to raise awareness of the MS Society UK.

Sherman explained he had been inspired to create it because his mother and sister both have MS.

“It then encouraged me to look further into it and because MS affects so many people differently a song cycle made sense as I could explore that variety. Some of the songs have been written so that they can relate to other diseases as well,” he said.

For the project, Sherman has written lyrics for each song based on autobiographies and interviews with people affected by the disease.

He added: “This project has been about creating a sensitive but truthful portrayal of these women’s lives and relationships. Each sing is a mixture of the many women, and men, I have met in my research – a collage of emotions, fears and hopes.”

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by Sherman to raise £7,500 for the project, which will initially result in a CD produced by Simon Greiff. A stage show is planned to follow the CD release.

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