Writing, Musical Theatre & Publications


In addition to her renowned performance career, Barb Jungr has increasingly found success as a lyricist and composer for musical theatre. Jungr brings all her signature warmth and intelligence to these collaborations created primarily for children and families. Her work for the stage has been seen across the UK and has been widely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

Below are some of the highlights.

There May Be A Castle

Co-adapted by director Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr, featuring songs and music by Barb Jungr. Opened Little Angel Theatre Dec 2021.

“Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane have retained all the eccentricity and complexity of Torday’s book and have also woven in some delicate songs. The young audience swivel around as one, anxious not to miss a moment of their story.”

The Guardian ★ ★ ★ ★

“A fiercely ambitious adaptation of Piers Torday’s bittersweet fantasy novel.”

Time Out ★ ★ ★ ★

The Smartest Giant In Town

Co-adapted by director Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr, featuring songs and music by Barb Jungr. Opened The Little Angel Theatre May 2021 touring UK with Fiery Light spring 2022.

“A joy” The Evening Standard

“A fun family show” The Guardian

Mother Christmas

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

“It's a lovely story, and very contemporary story putting a strong female character as the lead... a lovely addition to the festive children’s 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 premiered at Little Angel Theatre in December 2019.

"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."

★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage

"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."

★ ★ ★ ★ Theatre Bubble

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Created for London’s Little Angel Theatre and directed by Peter Glanville 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, the show opened May 2013 in London and toured extensively in the UK 2013 - 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, the Singing Mermaid was co-adapted by director Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr, featuring 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

Opening in autumn 2016 at Polka Children’s Theatre, How to Hide a Lion was later seen at The Little Angel Theatre 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 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 the poem by best-selling children’s author Michael Rosen and co-adapted by director Peter Glanville and Barb Jungr with music and songs by Barb Jungr, Chocolate Cake opened at Polka Theatre in March 2018 and toured through spring and summer that year.

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

Liver Birds Flying Home

Liver Birds Flying Home opened at The Royal Court Liverpool in 2018 with lyrics Barb Jungr, music by 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 garnered excellent reviews

“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 a community singing initiative 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

The musical for children by Barb Jungr and directed by Peter Glanville, opened in May 2010 at The Little Theatre. Centring on the trials and tribulations of two caterpillar friends in the modern, changing world, with puppets by Sue Dacre and design by Ann Tilby, The Fabulous Flutterbys 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.

Upcoming Projects

Adding to her growing body of work as a lyricist and composer, Jungr is currently collaborating again with Mike Lindup and Peter Glanville on Soho Songs, and with Peter Glanville for Polka Theatre’s Jack V Giant opening February 2023.

SOHO SONGS

A new song cycle celebrating the wonder of Soho and it’s characters by Barb Jungr and Mike Lindup with Peter Glanville.

“This tale of a formidable yet resilient part of central London is recognisable and relatable to those of us who know it, and an eye-opening revelation to those who don’t.”

★ ★ ★ ★ London Theatre World

"Barb Jungr and Mike Lindup conjure that unique flavour in a song cycle that pulled memory after memory from my mind - the squalor and the glitz, the alienation and the camaraderie, the despair and the hope.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Broadway World

Publications - essays, books and articles

Essay - “Tangled Up In Blue: Dylan and Love” published in Dylan at 80: It used to go like that, and now it goes like this by Gary Browning and Constantine Sandis | 5 Oct 2021 Buy it here

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 Publications - 1996 - 2009.