Humour!

BRITISH

EGYPTIAN

INDIAN

guyanese

NOSE!

Storyteller

Librettist

Lyricist

Dina Soraya Gregory

Writer of all things dramatic, whimsical and musical.

 

Musicals

BOOK & LYRICS  for:

MARY SOMETIMES — 2019

Original musical for kids, in process. Some kids REALLY don't like spinach. Other kids REALLY don't like bugs. Mary Sometimes REALLY doesn't like noise. Gum-chewing, clicking-shoes, noisy-boys; they bother her so much that she plugs her ears with orange pith. Mary’s houdini-style disappearing acts--to escape TV, music, and an ever increasing number of noise-generating entities--earn her the nickname Mary Sometimes. But when Mary's quirks push everyone to the limit, something has got to change. It may take courage. It may even take a noisy boy.

HELLO SKY — 2010

Musical imagining of artist Georgia O'Keeffe's journey to New Mexico. Music and additional book & lyrics by Alisa Bair. Produced under former title "Georgia O'Keeffe: A Woman on Paper" by OperaLancaster - Roschel Performing Arts Center, PA (2010). Songs featured in From Page to Stage season of new musicals - The Landor, London (2014).

FALLING — 2008

Musical adaptation of Korean movie. Music by Hyeyoung Kim. Commissioned by Musical Heaven. Produced in Daegu International Musical Festival, S. Korea (2010). Winner of Chang Jak Factory prize (2009). Songs presented at NAMT songwriter showcase (2010) and Pigalle Club, London (2009).

TRAINRIDE — 2006

One-act musical about dying. Produced by Impetuous Kinship - Warehouse Theatre, Croydon (2006).

WILLY & RUPERT — 2005 

Original musical about two lifelong friends and their quest to be in The Times obituaries. Music by Sam Piperato.

Presented at O'Neill National Music Theater Conference (2005). Part of Bridewell Theatre's Creativity Outbreak season, London (2004). Daryl Roth grant recipient.

IN NOMINE AMORIS — 1997

Original musical. Love story set in a cemetery. Music by Rosabella Gregory. Winner of Vivian Ellis Prize (1997). Showcase presented at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

LYRICS only  for:

MY MARCELLO — Unproduced 

Musical adaptation of the movie "For Roseanna" a.k.a. "Roseanna's Grave." Music by Rosabella Gregory. Book by Corey Brunish. Presented in excerpt at BEAM2018, Theatre Royal Stratford East. Workshopped in Portland, OR (2015). Commissioned by Corey Brunish & Brisa Trinchero (2014).

Info on how to stream movie here:

https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/roseannas-grave

CITY STORIES — 2014 to 2016

Lyrics for songs co-written with composer Rosabella Gregory featured in series of stories, written by James Phillips and produced at various venues including St.James Theatre, London (residency), and 59E59, NYC (2016).

Operas

LIBRETTO     for:

The Barefoot Dancer & The Demon of the Belfry — 2018

Aria "Where No Bell Tolls," written with Rosabella Gregory and commissioned by the National Opera Studio. Premiered at Hoxton Hall, London (June, 2018). Subsequent performances: Grimeborn Festival, UK, and various venues in Moscow, Russia, as part of the British Council's UK-Russia Year of Music. Full opera about Maud Allan in development.

Plays

HALF — One-act play about a verbally brutal encounter. Samuel French Short Play Festival (2007).

SPITTING DISTANCE — Experimental play about transgression. Produced by Looking Glass, NYC (2007). Samuel French Short Play finalist (2005). Duologue published in Women's Monologues Vol. II (2008).

 

WORDS & LADDERS — One-act cyclical play about mistrust of words. Produced by Looking Glass, NYC (2005). Produced by Out of the Woodwork, Gielgud Theatre, London (2004).

Songs

I have written hundreds of songs, most of them with my twin sister and musical-half, Rosabella Gregory. She is a singer-songwriter in the UK who also composes, arranges, improvises, orchestrates, and lectures when she is not on stage!

GRATEFUL  Song commissioned for the Canales Project, with music by Rosabella Gregory. Premiered at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and presented at various venues, internationally (2019)

DAYS  Song co-written with Rosabella Gregory. Featured in movie "Big font. Large spacing." 33Story productions/Paul Howard Allen

SEE YOUR WORLD — Song co-written with David Lee & Rosabella Gregory. Commissioned by Time Life for launch of new website (2009)

HEART SO FULL — Song written with Hyeyoung Kim for Lincoln Center's Holiday Songbook series (2017).

SIMPLE THINGS — Song written with Rosabella Gregory. Commissioned for audiobook "Higher Ground." Published by Chrysalis (2005).

Choral Songs

WORDS APART— Choral song written with Alisa Bair. Publication forthcoming in Sing!, Choristers Guild.

ANGEL BREATHING OUT— Choral song written with Alisa Bair, published by Heritage Music Press. Received JWPepper Editor's Choice award.

I WILL TREAD LIGHTLY — Choral song written with Alisa Bair, published by Heritage Music Press. 

FROM THERE — Choral song written with Alisa Bair, published by Heritage Music Press. Received JWPepper Editor's Choice award.

Stories

Audio Stories:

You can listen to these Audible stories on your Amazon Echo device in the UK by saying “Alexa, open Audible Stories.”

GINGERELLA

A cross between Cinderella and The Gingerbread Man.

 

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

Gingerellaby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 06:34
THE CHOCOLATE TREE

Children's adventure story.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

The Chocolate Treeby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 06:47
THE ANT AND THE BUTTERFLY

An ecotale.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

The Ant and the Butterflyby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 04:18
SPRING CLEAN

From the perspective of a hair spider, a fluff ball and a dust bunny!

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

Spring Cleanby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 04:50
THE HABERDASHER PRINCE

A musical fairytale.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

The Haberdasher Princeby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 04:10
A FAIRYTALE

Strange happenings in an old cottage in Devon.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

A Fairytaleby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 07:14
IN CHARGE OF MOONLIGHT

A quiet love story.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

In Charge of Moonlightby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 05:33
THE PELBUNKIN

A bathtime horror story.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

The Pelbunkinby Dina Gregory
00:00 / 04:49
FALLEN ANGEL

A spooky story set in a graveyard.

 

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

BALD ISLAND

Inspired by Bald Head Island in North Carolina.

Produced by Audible. Available on Alexa.

PRELUDE

A ghost story.

Audio story

 
Unpublished works:

ANIMAL ELECTIONS

Interactive animal book with furry candidates and rhyming stump speeches.

Expository Non-fiction, unpublished.

SILLY BILLY BENDY BUNNY

Interactive novelty books that star the incredibly flexible rabbit named Billy.

Young Readers, unpublished.

THE GRUMPY TRAFFIC LIGHT

A malfunctioning traffic light is saved from the landfill by a determined little girl whose own legs don't work too well.

Picture Book, unpublished.

WHAT AM I?

A multiracial boy and superhero fan learns his own 'origin story.' #ownvoices

Picture Book, unpublished.

LADY LONGARMS & THE MAN WHO LOST HIS FACE

A fantasy.

Speculative fiction, in progress.

 
 

From the stage...

#BEAM2018 photos © David Ovenden.

OperaLancaster production stills © Mike Noble 2011. 

Life, work, past, present...