Rick Friend’s controversial musical, Victory? deals with the Arab-Israeli conflict. Friend directed Victory? as a workshop charity performance, at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in 2004, with actors Juliette Caton, (leading actress in the Cameron Mackintosh musical Martin Guerre and Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ), Raza Jaffrey (leading actor of Bombay Dreams and BBC’s Spooks and Mistresses) and Bertie Carvel (leading actor in the Donmar’s Parade). The Musical Director was Andy Smith of We Will Rock You and The Lion King.

Victory? was produced by Production Friend, with producer Daniella Gonella of DG Productions.


When English dancer Gina travels to the United Arab Emirates, she meets Ahmed, a disenfranchised Palestinian exile. Six months later, her work takes her to Israel where she meets Uri, an Israeli writer. Gina finds that she is not only caught in the middle of a complex love triangle, but also an enormous political divide where her allegiances are tested to the limit.


Victory? was conceived in October 2003. The book was written around research material and songs that Rick Friend had composed - a couple with musicians Denise Marsa and Robert Bond. He then wrote new songs and the book, with additional material devised by the cast in rehearsal. David Watts, who has worked at the RSC and for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in the West End, was brought in to do the vocal score arrangemnts. 12 weeks after its conception, Victory? was performed at the Donmar Warehouse.

The action takes place in Abu Dhabi, Jerusalem and Ramallah on the West Bank, between 2001 and 2002.

In the 1980’s Rick Friend, who is himself Jewish, performed for three months, as a young singer, for Palestinians in The United Arab Emirates..

Victory? - World Premiere

First Performance - Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London

4th January 2004

"...the show is very effective, and ultimately surprisingly moving…

Juliette Caton, Raza Jaffrey and Bertie Carvel negotiate some good songs...”  Jewish Chronicle


Gina - Juliette Caton

Ahmed - Raza Jaffrey

Uri - Bertie Carvel


Writer/Director/Composer - Rick Friend

Producer - Daniella Gonella

Co-Producer - Rick Friend

Musical Director - Andy Smith

Assistant Musical Director - Elliott Ware

Vocal Score Arrangements - David Watts


(For Donmar Warehouse) - Collette McEntree, Ruth Close

Lighting - Stuart Craine (Donmar Warehouse)

Master Carpenter & Props - PJ (Donmar Warehouse)

Stage Manager - Julia Slienger

Assistant Stage Manager - Sharon Sooker

Sound Engineer - Chris Braclik

Wardrobe - Sarah Sharp


Piano - Andy Smith

Keyboards and Flute - Elliott Ware

Guitar- Hugh Davies

Bass - Trevor Barry

Drums - Gareth Roberts

Backing Vocalists - Bekki Chana, Jodie Jacobs, Jai Ramage


  1. 1.Victory - Ensemble

  2. 2.Waiting - Ahmed

  3. 3.Dance With Me - Gina

  4. 4.Save Your Heart For Me - Ahmed

  5. 5.We’re Laughing Anyway - Uri

  6. 6.Love In The Roses - Uri

  7. 7.Another World - Ahmed

  8. 8.Where Are The Blue Skies? - Gina

  9. 9.Every Day Of Our Lives - Gina

  10. 10.Men In A Dream - Ensemble

  11. 11.Dancing In My Heart - Ahmed

  12. 12.A Fine Line - Uri

  13. 13.Where Are The Blue Skies? (Reprise) - Gina

  14. 14.Dance With Me - Ahmed

  15. 15.The Hatred Of Brothers - Ahmed & Uri

  16. 16.Victory (Reprise) - Gina & Ensemble

All songs written by Rick Friend except:

Victory & A Fine Line - written by Rick Friend & Denise Marsa*

Men In A Dream - written by Rick Friend & Robert Bond

*Marsa Music -

Charity Performance

All profits form the first public performance at the Donmar Warehouse were dedicated to 2 charities which deal with reconciliation between Jews and Arabs: Seeds of Peace and The British Friends of Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam - Oasis of Peace.

Seeds of Peace - since 1993 has graduated over 3,500 teenagers representing 25 nations from its internationally recognized conflict resolution and co-existence program. Seeds of Peace works to foster negotiation skills so that the future leaders of participating nations have the tools to make their own peace.  Seeds of Peace has received international support from governments and leaders alike, receiving the UNESCO Prize for Peace in 2001. For further information:NY office - 212-573-8040 or visit the website:

Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam - is the only place in Israel where Jewish and Arab families, all citizens of Israel, have chosen to live together, committed to working through problems and differences. On site there is a bi-lingual Kindergarten and Primary School for over 300 children. The out-reach educational body of the village is represented by The School for Peace providing conflict resolution programmes for Jewish and Arab youth.

For further information please call 020 8952 4717 or visit the website:


Alex Aaronson, Tracey Butler, Donmar Warehouse Box Office & all the staff, Alix Friend, Gap, Joanne Homer & Steve Marsden at Yamaha, Akpesiri Iyovwaye, Landmark Education, Lord Levy, Julia & Doug de Peyer-Evans, The Phoenix School, Craig Purnell, Mandy Swanne at Spotlight Casting, Paul Wiles.


Juliette Caton

Raza Jaffrey

Juliette Caton

Raza Jaffrey

Bertie Carvel

Juliette Caton

Raza Jaffrey

Juliette Caton

Raza Jaffrey

Bertie Carvel

Juliette Caton

Andy Smith

(Musical Director)

The Band

Backing Singers:

Jai Ramage

Bekki Chana

Jodie Jacobs

Rick Friend

Juliette Caton

Bertie Carvel

Raza Jaffrey

Bertie Carvel & Juliette Caton     (c) 2004 Production Friend

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Bertie Carvel

Juliette Caton

Raza Jaffrey

Rick Friend

(Ham & High)

Rick Friend

Juliette Caton

Raza Jaffrey

In Rehearsal

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Bertie Carvel

Juliette Caton

Rick Friend

Raza Jaffrey

(Camden New Journal)