AFTER a number of tweaks and amendments a Basingstoke composer believes he has a story to do his idol’s life justice.

Joseph Purdue’s creation Unfolding Tales - formally known as Tolkien – has already had one stint at the West End, and now the 25-year-old is looking forward to two-nights in the country’s capital.

Joseph’s show will appear at the Stockwell Playhouse on August 11 and 12 and will star former Queen Mary’s College (QMC) student, Jodie Steele, who has appeared in Wicked, Fame, Legally Blonde, while JRR Tolkien is played by Liam Doyle of Wicked, Ghost the Musical, Hairspray, High School Musical 2 and West Side Story.

The former Bishop Challoner School and QMC composer said he feels that the production is now at its strongest.

He said: “I have been lucky enough to film each performance, so I can watch them back and tweak certain parts of the story.

“One of the bits of feedback I had was there needed to be more songs, so I have added that to it.

“Tolkien has been a huge influence on me so I want to make sure I do his life story justice.”

The story explores the eventful life of perhaps the 20th century’s most significant fantasy writers, JRR Tolkien.

It follows the author through his early days at school, the traumatic significance of the First World War, his friendship with CS Lewis and finally his successes with The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Joseph said when researching the show, he event learnt things about the author he was unaware of.

He added: “There is a ton of information about him that people just do not know.

“They see Tolkien as someone who defined the fantasy genre, but don’t know much about his life.”

Now the 25-year-old is hoping these next two shows will capture the eye of some producers who will be able to take his creation to the next level.

There will be coach running for the August 12 performance, leaving from Churchill Way, Basingstoke.

Those who are interested can call 01256 881179 to book a place costing £12. Tickets for the show are £16 and can be obtained from