Writing & Musical Theatre

Liver Birds Flying HomeLiver Birds Flying Home

Running April/May 2018
Liver Birds Flying Home opens at The Royal Court Liverpool in April with lyrics Barb Jungr music Mike Lindup of Level 42, and book by Barb Jungr, George Seaton and Linda McDermott. Produced by The Royal Court Liverpool and James Seabright Productions with George Seaton, directed by Benji Sperring, the show runs in Liverpool for 4 weeks.

“Sensational! This could be the next Blood Brothers.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Good News Liverpool

“The producers may well have a massive hit on their hands.” ★ ★ ★ ★ Musical Theatre Review

The Singing MermaidThe Singing Mermaid
Based on the best selling children’s book by Julia Donaldson, opens at The Little Angel Puppet Theatre in February.

Co-adapted by director Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr, it features songs and music by Barb Jungr.

The Times ★ ★ ★ ★ review said "Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr’s adaptation is nimble and involving, with Lane’s bijou production elegantly enhanced by Jungr’s lilting, cabaret-style songs. Jungr’s melodies and lyrics are pleasingly sophisticated, yet still accessible for the littlest audience members, who at the performance I saw danced with delight.”

Chocolate CakeChocolate Cake
Based on best selling children’s author Michael Rosen’s poem, co-adapted by director Peter Glanville and Barb Jungr with music and songs by Barb Jungr, Chocolate Cake opens at Polka Children’s Theatre in March 2018 and tours throughout 2018




How To Hide A LionHow To Hide A Lion
Opened in autumn 2016 at Polka Children’s Theatre then played at The Little Angel Theatre, Islington and Oxford Playhouse. Produced by Polka Theatre and Oxford Playhouse. Directed by Peter Glanville, with songs and music Barb Jungr. This show tours in autumn 2018. Watch the video here.


We’re Going On A Bear HunWe’re Going On A Bear Hunt - created for for the Little Angel Theatre directed by Peter Glanville and with music and songs by Barb Jungr and stage adaptation by Barb Jungr and Peter Glanville, based on the hugely acclaimed book by Michael Rosen. Show opened May 2013 in London and toured extensively in the UK in 2013, in autumn 2014 and in autumn 2015. It is scheduled for another London run in spring 2016 at The Little Angel Theatre and toured again in the UK through autumn 2016. Watch the video here.

For further information see the Little Angel Website.

Deep Roots Tall Trees - Barb has worked in Corby as Artistic Director of the Deep Roots Tall Trees project since 2011, with the producer and cultural engineer Rosalind Stoddart and Kate Dyer at Corby Community Arts.

Details of all shows and news on the Deep Roots Tall Trees website.

Deep Roots Tall Trees project on YouTube

The Ballad of Norah's Ark - songs Barb Jungr and Russell Churney, book Barb Jungr and Andy Goldberg, from original idea by Barb Jungr. In development in North East England, previous workshops and readings in New York and London. Was performed by The Billingham Players in June 2011. Recently submitted to theatres for production. Soundcloud of all the songs is here.

The Fabulous Flutterbys (2010) - (book, composer and lyricist Barb Jungr, Director Peter Glanville) Produced by The Little Angel Puppet Theatre in spring 2010 for a London 10 week premiere, and toured in spring 2011. Watch video here.

Cinderella (2005), (lyricist), Jack and the Beanstalk (2006), (composer and lyricist), and Beauty and The Beast (2007), (composer and lyricist). Director (all) - Cal McCrystal, Pantomimes (Newbury Corn Exchange)

The Jungle Book (lyricist) - Produced by Birmingham Stage Company on tour since 2005, toured again 2011/12. Lyrics Barb Jungr, music B B Cooper, directed by Neal Foster. More info.

Publications - essays, books and articles

Once upon a time in America - Barb Jungr's tour diary
New Statesman May 2013 Read it here »

Essay in The New Statesman to celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday, May 2012, "Beyond The Horiazon" Read it here »

Essay - Spiked Online - “The new insulting c-word: Cabaret” Dec 2012, read it here

Essay - Institute of Ideas publication on love and marriage in the new century - essay on song lyrics.

Essay - Spiked Online - "Why are pop singers so samey and sexless?" June 2005 - Read it here »

Essay - The Sunday Times, "What the dying can teach us about living" - News Review - December 2001.

Essay - Folk Roots - a record of Jungr and Parker's British Council trip to Sudan for The British Council in 1992.

Column - The Guardian Diary - Jungr and Parker's first Cameroon tour, 2003.

Part of book - 'Woman: The Incredible Life of Yoko Ono' by Alan Clayson, Barb Jungr, and Robb Johnson (Paperback - 1 Apr 2004)

Chapter - The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel (CUP) The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music (Cambridge Companions to Music) by Allan Moore (Paperback - 13 Mar 2003) - chapter on Voice by Barb Jungr.

Essay in - John Lydon: Stories of Johnny - A Compendium of Thoughts on the Icon of an Era [Paperback]
Alan McGee (Foreword), Rob Johnstone (Editor) Essay on John Lydon's singing.

Major contributor of features and columns to The Singer - Rheingold Publicatiosn - 1996 - 2009.

Reviews of past shows

The Fabulous Flutterbys, a musical for children by Barb Jungr opened in May 2010 at The Little Angel Puppet Theatre in Islington. Centering on the trials and tribulations of two caterpillar friends in the modern, changing world The Fabulous Flutterbys was directed by Peter Glanville, with puppets by Sue Dacre and design by Ann Tilby and toured through spring 2011 – details here – details here www.littleangeltheatre.com

**** FOUR STARS - Time Out
**** FOUR STARS - Evening Standard
**** FOUR STARS - Sunday Express
*** THREE STARS - Guardian

"A creepy-crawly delight." Time Out

"...this is surely one of the best-value tickets in town."
Evening Standard

"...there is no more enchantingly written and executed show than The Fabulous Flutterbys"
Sunday Express

"...my grandson announced that he'd like to see the show again" The Guardian

"Roger Lade’s enchanting glittery-eyed puppets... are utterly, butterfly fabulous." The Stage

View scenes and songs from the show on our YouTube channel in our Fabulous Flutterbys Video

See The Fabulous Flutterbys on YouTube

Reviews of The Fabulous Flutterbys

Time Out Number One Critics Choice for Theatre May 13th, 2010

Chanteuse Barb Jungr comes to the Little Angel with this all-ages show about a pair of enterprising caterpillars.

The magic begins before you set foot in this diminutive puppet theatre, tucked away up a picturesque leafy alley, and happily this show for the over-threes ensures that the spell remains unbroken. Written by singer, writer and performer Barb Jungr and directed by Peter Glanville, it's an enchanting tale of two caterpillars and their quest to find their lost friend. Their journey, punctuated with jaunty songs, sees them traversing perilous terrain - a poisonous strawberry patch, a museum where butterflies are pinned to boards - and encountering enemies and allies, from a spiteful wasp to a chivalrous red ant, Adam, and an all-seeing, soul-singing slow worm.

It's a great adventure about growing up: at the end of their travels, they become beautiful winged flutterbys. Roger Lade's puppets, nimble-limbed and and glittery-eyed, are irresistible, and the three performers create shifting bug's-eye scenarios on a simple tabletop with delicate skill. A creepy-crawly delight. (Sam Marlowe)

The Sunday Express, Four stars****, May 14th, 2010

London Evening Standard, Four stars **** 13.05.10 Read review

The Stage, 10 May 2010 Read review

The Guardian, Three Stars ***, May 17th 2010 Read review

Puppet Centre, 8 May 2010 Read review

The Camden New Journal, 13 May 2010
This show takes you on a journey through an insect world accompanied by fantastic songs by Barb Jungr, an international singer and performer.

The puppets are brought to life by quirky characters with varying accents and a simple story. There’s Adam and his ants, Brummie Beetle (a guru with the power of verse) and Joe, the blues-singing spa-luxuriating worm.

Another fabulous production by the Little Angel Theatre, and not just for the kids! (by KIRI CRONIN)

Brief Encounter With... Barb Jungr

WhatsOnStage.com - May 3, 2010
Barb Jungr is an internationally acclaimed jazz and cabaret vocalist. She has toured all over the world and enjoyed critical and popular success with Read the article

The Stage education blog - By Susan Elkin, June 7, 2010
"an unmitigated delight."

The Fabulous Flutterbys The Fabulous Flutterbys

"As a Dylan interpreter, Jungr is right up there with Simone or The Byrds." The BBC