Writing & Musical Theatre

Adding to her growing body of work as a lyricist and composer currently Jungr has co-written (with Samantha Lane) the story and wrote all music and lyrics for The Pixie and the Pudding for The Little Angel Theatre Christmas 2019. For Christmas 2020 she co-wrote (With Samantha Lane) and wrote music for the 20 minute short film Mother Christmas. Again with Samantha Lane she has co-adapted Julia Donaldson’s The Smartest Giant for The Little Angel Theatre 2021.

Jungr co-adapted (with Pete Glanville) and wrote songs and music for Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake for Polka Children's Theatre in April 2018.

She co-wrote (with Mike Lindup of Level 42) the book and the songs of Liver Birds Flying Home, which ran for five weeks at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre in spring 2018.

How To Hide a Lion, on which she collaborated again with Peter Glanville and wrote the songs and music, toured the UK in autumn 2018. For The Little Angel Theatre she co-adapted The Singing Mermaid and wrote songs and music for the five star celebrated production; the show began a Christmas season at Sheffield Crucible Theatre and subsequently toured the UK.

In production with The Little Angel she is co-adapting (with Samantha Lane) Pier’s Torday’s There May Be A Castle and with Pete Glanville for Polka Theatre she is developing a feminist family musical for 2022, Dare. She is working again with Mike Lindup and writer Abi Grant a new musical, Maisie!

Mother Christmas

Co-written by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane with music and songs by Barb Jungr filmed by StudioKix.

“It's a lovely story, and very contemporary putting a strong female character as the lead... a lovely addition to the festive childrens song roster.” Number9reviews

The Pixie and The Pudding

Co-written by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane with music and songs by Barb Jungr.

The Pixie and The Pudding Little Angel Theatre Christmas show December 2019 to Feb 2020.

★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage
"Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane’s new play about the vital significance of feeding your pixies Christmas pudding hints at the folkloric – Scandinavian – origins of this story, although Lane’s production is delivered with timeless urban cool that captivates and transports, rather than patronising the audience. Captivating and transporting"

★ ★ ★ ★ Theatre Bubble
"The Pixie and the Pudding at the Little Angel Theatre is a charming and heartfelt production that will get your little ones in the festive spirit while leaving them with a message about caring for all living (and some non-living) creatures."

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Touring throughout autumn 2019!

See all dates here: Little Angel website

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.

“A must see family show”
The Stage

“As always at this treasured London venue, the production values are superb... you couldn’t wish for a sweeter introduction to theatre.”
★ ★ ★ ★
Time Out

The 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.

"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.”
★ ★ ★ ★
The Times

How 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. The show toured nationally with Pigtail Productions in autumn 2018.

"How To Hide A Lion is an absolute delight and I highly recommend that young people, and all those of you who are young at heart, should catch this show on its extensive national tour. “
★ ★ ★ ★
LondonTheatre.com

 

Chocolate 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 opened at Polka Children’s Theatre in March 2018 and toured spring and summer 2018.

“Deliciously more-ish”
★ ★ ★ ★
The Stage

Liver Birds Flying Home

Ran 4 weeks April/May 2018
Liver Birds Flying Home opened 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

Deep Roots Tall Trees

Barb worked in Corby as Artistic Director of the Deep Roots Tall Trees project from 2011 until 2018, on the project she created with 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 Fabulous Flutterbys

2010 - Book, composer and lyricist Barb Jungr, Director Peter Glanville

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.

CRITICS CHOICE
"A creepy-crawly delight."
★ ★ ★ ★
Time Out

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

The Ballad of Norah's Ark

Songs by Barb Jungr and Russell Churney, book by 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.

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.

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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

Barb Jungr’s diary:Apart-hotels, scattered families and bringing the Liver Birds back to Liverpool
19th April, 2019 Read it here »

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.