AMERICAN music legends Alice Cooper and Joe Perry have linked up with actor Johnny Depp to provide the music for a play written by a former Worcestershire Poet Laureate.

Leena Batchelor, current poet-in-residence for The Commandery in Worcester has written the play, Out Of The Darkness – Twilight Of Humanity,which combines poetry with dance and rock music.

The message behind the play is that it asks humanity to take stock and consider their actions upon climate change and society before it’s too late.

Out Of The Darkness features music by American rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires formed by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp, who said: With Out Of The Darkness, Leena has created a hugely important and timely piece of work, in which we are honoured to offer our own minor contribution.”

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Leena said: “Born from a desire to show how poetry is an essential medium in our everyday lives for expression, following its debut performance the play will be offered gratis to schools around the country in an aim ‘to encourage students to look at performing arts as a means to voice a message and develop self-confidence/esteem …..whether it be music, poetry, story-telling, art, performing arts is a powerful tool in all our lives not only for raising awareness of important issues, but also for our own emotional and mental well-being.”

For its debut performance, the dance scenes are being performed by dance students from the Chase School, Malvern, led by dance teacher Sarah McVay.

Headteacher Mike Fieldhouse said: “We are delighted and proud to be associated with this event, which is an incredible opportunity to showcase the work of our students.”

Headteacher Mike Fieldhouse said ‘we are delighted and proud to be associated with this event, which is an incredible opportunity to not only showcase the work of our students, but also an opportunity for them to express their own voices and build confidence and self-esteem. The acknowledgment by the Hollywood Vampires is truly an honour; when well-known stars such as these support and encourage smaller performances such as this it goes a long way to encouraging students’ belief that they, too, are important, can be successful, and have a role to play in our world’.

Out Of The Darkness will be performed at Worcester’s Henry Sandon Hall, Royal Porcelain Works on October 29 at 7pm. Tickets will be available via Eventbrite from August 9, £12.50. More details on Leena’s work at