This week Stage Traffic Productions launched their first show, a new British musical called This Little Life Of Mine. Written & directed by Michael Yale, with music from Charlie Round-Turner, it tells the story of Izzy & Jonesy – two Londoners dealing with the challenges of modern life, from getting on the property ladder to using dating apps.
Eilene Davidson (producer) & Michael Yale set up Stage Traffic having worked together in the acting industry for years, in various roles. Their aim is to create theatre that’s influenced & inspired by a broad genre of shows (they won’t just be making musicals) – the key is that it should resonate with the audience & their everyday lives.
The cast are Kate Batter (Izzy), James Robinson (Jonesy), Caroline Deverill (Tina/Fiona/Margaret/Receptionist) & Greg Barnett (Raphael/Dom/Tom/Steve/Doctor). They are a couple of weeks into rehearsals – and were glad to take a very hot afternoon off to come to the launch!
Accompanied by Thomas Duchan (MD) on keyboard, the cast performed four songs as a bit of a preview of the show. Hey Prince Charming sees Izzy reflect on her past relationships & wonder whether she’s with the right person – contrasting well with Everybody’s Got Their Thing, where Izzy’s friend Fiona introduces her new boyfriend Dom & discusses their interesting hobby… Next, Izzy’s still not happy and uses My Life Story to fantasise what the film of her life would be like – and, finally, Jonesy stops at the pub on the way home from work and is tempted to have more than just a single pint by Raphael (the barman) & Tina in Just One More.
A diverse selection of songs that show off the potential of the musical side of things. And highly appropriate to end with the line “raise a glass, enjoy your booze” with the champagne reception (& afternoon tea) on offer afterwards.
The intimate surroundings of Park90 work perfectly for the idea of a zone 2 flat, and it will be interesting to see how well a musical works in there. The story should be relevant to a good proportion of its audience, and I’m eager to see what the whole show is like following this little taster.
This Little Life Of Mine runs at the Park Theatre from 4-29 October 2016. Tickets are available online and from the box office.