In 2016, Graham Lappin sat down at the piano and began writing a song about a young girl sitting on a staircase, watching her Dad at work below in the bakehouse...making tomorrow's bread.

The germ of an idea for a musical story was born and now, three years and a few songs later, The Rise is finished and Roach's bakery will hopefully soon be open for business!

This new and original musical about family, progress and the vital importance of passing on tradition was given its first full rehearsed reading on 16th January 2020 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.