Neon Diamond Theatre Ltd. in association with Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022 Presents

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Book By

Zola Magwood, Aniqa Charania, Charlotte Szabo, and Mari MacDonald

Music Adapted and Produced By

Polina Senderova

Directed By

Olivia May Younger

Original Music By

Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac

OuR STORY

X:1969 tells the story of six women living in the Manson Family cult. These vulnerable young women are lured to Spahn Ranch in search of community, harmony, and belonging. Manipulation and cult mentality transform this once loving family into the war-ready army Charles Manson needs them to be. How far are they willing to go to prove their allegiance to the family? 

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In 1968, Charles Manson and his followers moved to Spahn Ranch, an old Western movie set outside Los Angeles. Living communally, they changed their names, left behind their families, and ditched their clocks as a way to be present with Manson's way of life.

Leading up to the summer of 1969, Manson preached his prophecy of a race war. He interpreted this prophecy through the Bible, (Chapter 9 of the Book of Revelation) and the 1968 Beatles Album, The White Album (particularly the songs "Revolution 9" and "Helter Skelter"). He believed there were subtle messages embedded in these texts that appointed him as the leader of this war.

Manson believed he was to release an album of his own music with subtle messages embedded, that would begin the war between races. With summer approaching and his album nowhere near industry standard, he decided he must take matters into his own hands. On August 8th, 1969 he ordered a handful of his loyal followers to stage a gruesome murder, hoping the police would find Black citizens guilty of committing the crime. He chose 10050 Cielo Drive, the former home of music producer Terry Melcher, (who had dismissed Manson's music) and was owned at the time by Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate. The next night, the group chose the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, on the same agenda. 

The story of these murders has been told countless times, but what was life in The Manson Family really like? There are six women who were most instrumental to Manson's following. These women are Mary Brunner, Lynnette Fromme, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Linda Kasabian. This is the story of their relationships with each other, the lives they left behind, and their ever-growing dependence on the man they saw as God. 

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CAST

CREW

Director

Olivia May Younger

Lead Editor

Zola Magwood

Choreographer/ Assistant Director

Laura Blair
Aniqa Charania, Zola Magwood, Mari MacDonald,Charlotte Szabo

Co Writers / Dramaturgy

Music Director

Polina Senderova

Assistant Choreographer

Jesse Dwregia

Set Design

Aniqa Charania, Olivia May Younger

Stage Management

Sam Thompson,
Solar Production Group

Costume Design

Zola Magwood

Musical Arrangements

 Polina Senderova, Zola Magwood

Hair / Makeup Design

Laura Blair

Marketing

Laura Blair, Mari MacDonald, Charlotte Szabo

Lighting / Technical Assistant

Jo Sanderson

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Keys & Violin 
Polina Senderova
Guitar
Bernard Grobman
Nick Brenock
Zola Magwood

Bass
Magda Kress
Drums

Jimmy Meier
Percussion
Chris Natale
Trumpet
Rob Pietrzak

Tracks Orchestrated
and Mixed By

Polina Senderova
Tracks Mastered By
Conor Keelan

SHOW ORDER

The Chain …………............................. COMPANY
You Make Loving Fun ...................... COMPANY
Gypsy / Rhiannon ............................ COMPANY
Gypsy (reprise) …….......................... COMPANY
Oh Daddy ……....................... SADIE, COMPANY
Peacekeeper
Medley ............................ SQUEAKY, COMPANY
Sara / You Make
Loving Fun (reprise) ................................ LULU
Storms …………...........................… MARY, SADIE
Tusk ..…………..................................… COMPANY
Don’t Stop /
The Chain (reprise) .......................… COMPANY
Landslide …................ LINDA, MARY, SQUEAKY
Seven Wonders ……….....…….….......… COMPANY

PLEAST NOTE:
RUNNING TIME: 55 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

THIS PRODUCTION IS RATED 16+ AND CONTAINS SCENS OF SEXUAL NATURE, DRUG USE, PHYSICAL, SEXUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND UPSETTING.

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This project began as a new musical workshop for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Master's of Musical Theatre Performance course. Tasked with the objective of creating a musical about a factual event, using pre-existing music, together we devised X:1969. After a year of writing, re-writing, directing, workshopping, marketing, and developing, we are so proud to present our show to the public. This show is a labour of passion, love, drive, and teamwork. We are unconditionally thankful to everyone who has supported us along the way. From tutors, to friends and family, to sponsors, and anyone who said "that idea sounds awesome!"
We thank you.
 

- The creative team of X:1969

Special Thanks

Weston Plant Services Ltd. 
Royal Conservatoire of 
Scotland
Dance Attic
Sarah Chew
Tristan Sayers
William Blair
Rory Anderson
Cerys Reading
Lavie Rabinowitz

 

We would like to take a moment to remember the victims of those whose lives were taken by the Manson Family cult. Our depiction of this story in no way aims to invalidate the pain and suffering endured by each victim and their families.
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Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Parent, Jay Sebring, Sharon Tate and her unborn son Paul Richard Polanski, Leno LaBianca, Rosemary LaBianca, Gary Hinman, Donald "Shorty" Shea, James Willet, Laura Willet, and other unnamed victims. 

Original workshop developed in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s MAMT Programme, conceived by Laura Blair, Victoria Brennan, Aniqa Charania, Mari MacDonald, Zola Magwood, Polina Senderova, Charlotte Szabo. 'X: 1969' is based on the true events of six women in the Manson Family Cult, 1969.

We do not own the rights to the music, names or likeness of characters.