Stage Traffic Productions Announces Premiere of New Musical THIS LITTLE LIFE OF MINE

The World Premiere of This Little Life of Mine will run at Park Theatre for a limited season from 4 October - 29 October, with press night on 5 October. This brilliant, brand new production will run in Park90, and will be the first musical drama to examine the real lives of modern Londoners, with the pressure of high expectation and the worry of underachieving.

A story about the gulf between desire and reality, This Little Life of Mine speaks with honesty and candour to a generation spoiled for choice, and challenged by it too. While exploring contemporary themes, from dating to infertility to getting on the property ladder, the show has a timeless love story at its heart. This Little Life of Mine is a musical drama, which is as funny as it is moving.

The book for This Little Life of Mine is written by Michael Yale, who will also be directing this World Premiere. The music is written by Charlie Round-Turner, with set and costume design by Zahra Mansouri, choreography by Tracy Allsop, lighting design by Joules McCready, video artistry by Jack Henry James, and musical direction by Thomas Duchan.

The full cast for This Little Life of Mine is Greg Barnett (Raphael/Dom/Tom/Steve/Doctor), Kate Batter (Izzy), Caroline Deverill (Tina/Fiona/Margaret/Receptionist), and James Robinson (Jonesy).

Take a bitingly funny and deeply touching tour of modern London life with Izzy and Jonesy. With exciting jobs, great friends and even a tiny overpriced flat in Zone 2 - they've got it all. Or do they? Maybe having a baby is the one last thing that would make everything perfect. Or perhaps life has other ideas...

We're all busy people chasing our dreams and looking for instant gratification from the things we do - our online posts, our careers, our loves and our lovers. We're told we can have anything we like, and that we have more choices than any other generation in history.

Set against an instantly recognisable backdrop of eye-watering house prices, unreliable dating apps and over-friendly coffee baristas, This Little Life of Mine looks at what happens when we can't have everything that we want.

This Little Life of Mine is produced by Stage Traffic Productions. Stage Traffic Productions is a newly formed theatre company set up by Michael Yale (Book and Director) and Eilene Davidson (Producer) to produce theatre based on strong storytelling and powerful performances, focusing on what live performance does well - to engage and enthral audiences. Eilene and Michael first met as actors 17 years ago and since then both have worked additionally in the role of writer, director and producer both in the States and the UK.

Greg Barnett's (Raphael/Dom/Tom/Steve/Doctor) stage credits include A Christmas Carol at the Castle Theatre, These Trees are Made of Blood at the Southwark Playhouse, Therese Raquin at Park Theatre, Making a Scene at the National Theatre, The School for Scandal at the Theatre Royal Bath, Swallows and Amazons at the Vaudeville Theatre and on UK Tour, 20th Century Boy at the New Wolsey Theatre, Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show on UK Tour, Pushing up Poppies at Theatre 503, Spend Spend Spend at the Watermill Theatre and on UK Tour, Marry Me a Little at the Everyman Theatre, Zorro at The Garrick Theatre, White Liars at The Etcetera Theatre, Peter Pan at Birmingham Rep, Twelfth Night at The Royal and DernGate Theatre, Sweeney Todd on UK Tour, and Fiddler on The Roof at The Courtyard Theatre. Greg's screen credits include Fleabag, Undercover, Doctors, Hot Property, Bonobo and The Road to Nirvana.

Kate Batter's (Izzy) stage credits include Cinderella at Wyllyotts Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary at The Royal Albert Hall, The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, The Sound of Music on UK Tour, Wonderful Town at Amphitheatre Ta' Qali in Malta, Beauty and the Beast at the Secombe Theatre, Best Friends and Butterflies at the Shoreditch Festival, and Ash at the Arcola Theatre. Kate's screen credits include Mr Selfridge, The Procedure, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary, Happy Family, Inside Out-Titanic Baby, and Doctors.

Caroline Deverill's (Tina/Fiona/Margaret/Receptionist) stage credits include Waterbabies the Musical at the Leicester Curve Theatre, The Mistress Cycle at the Landor Theatre, Sleeping Beauty at Park Theatre, Gaslight in Grey Street at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, Owls in the Moss at the Guildford Fringe, Sweet Charity at the English Theatre Frankfurt, Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace Theatre, Vampirette at Manchester Opera House, Mamma Mia! on International Tour, Footloose at the Novello Theatre, Annie Get Your Gun on UK tour, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, The Roy Orbison Story on UK tour, and Jesus Christ Superstar on German and UK tour. Caroline's screen credits include Estate, Persona, Blackberry Stains, Gently and Mouth Say No.

James Robinson's (Jonesy) stage credits include Time O' Strife at the National Theatre Of Scotland, Brassed Off at York Theatre Royal and on UK tour, I Didn't Always Live Here and Trilby both at the Finborough Theatre, A Man's Man at the Gaiety Theatre, King John at the Union Theatre, They Came To The City at the Southwark Playhouse, and Knives in Hens and Festen at Battersea Arts Centre. James' screen credits include Mel Gibson's Braveheart, The Wee Man, The Walk, Ashes, A Suburban Fairytale, Saxon, Outlander, Babylon, Casualty, Doctors, Borgias and Charlatans.

Michael Yale (Book and Director) is an actor, writer, and director. He trained at Middlesex University gaining a BA Hons in performing arts and went on to continue training as an actor at LAMDA. As a director he is experienced in classics, new writing, devised work and musical theatre. Shows include the world premiere of Monsieur D'Eon at The Union Theatre, Kingdom at Soho and Tristan Bates, and Henry IV pt1 at The Rose and St James Theatre. His writing includes the acclaimed In the Thrice Ninth Kingdom at Soho and Tristan Bates, two plays for young adults, Hell's Kitchen at The MAC and Wicked Will at the Battersea Arts Centre and UK tour and an adaptation of Eugene Brieux's Maternity which workshopped at Riverside Studios. He has written two full-length musicals with Charlie Round-Turner: This Little Life of Mine and Cheri - The Musical. Cheri, based on the novel by Colette received a West End showcase last year and is now in development. Michael and Charlie's songs have featured in two full length concerts at The Battersea Barge and the Union Theatre as well as being performed at charity concerts in the West End.

Charlie Round-Turner (Composer) is a professor of music and head of performing arts at Westminster Kingsway College in London. As well as working in education he is also a musician and composer. Classically trained at an early age (gaining Grade 8 Distinction in piano) he went on to study at Middlesex University gaining an honours degree in music. As a young performer Charlie toured internationally with the Young Persons Concert Foundation, working with Sir George Martin and the Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra. Charlie has composed songs for celebrated poet and playwright Glyn Maxwell and ballerina and choreographer Lyn Seymour. Previous theatre collaborations with Michael Yale includes contributing music for the British Premiere of Monsieur D'Eon, the acclaimed Thrice Ninth Kingdom and new original musical show Cheri. As well as live concerts and theatre Charlie works as musical director and pianist on television and radio and continues to tour internationally as a musician.

Eilene Davidson (Producer) trained at Guildford School of Acting and worked as an actress in London performing on stage and screen in her twenties. She then moved to the States where she studied playwriting and screenwriting at Harvard and started working as a freelance writer in a variety of disciplines, from magazines to short screenplays. Her first full length screenplay Don't Look Back was optioned by a top studio and she has just completed a new play to be performed in Boston entitled One is Never Enough about the subject of addiction. She has worked as an associate producer on several plays in both the USA and London.

Park Theatre is fast becoming recognised as a powerhouse of theatre; in just over two years, it has enjoyed two West End transfers (including Daytona starring Maureen Lipman), two National Theatre transfers, three national tours, an Olivier Award nomination and a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.

Performances:

Tuesday - Saturday Evenings at 7.45pm

Thursday & Saturday Matinees at 3.15pm

Press Night:

Wednesday 5 October at 7.00pm

Ticket Prices:

£14.50 Preview

£18 Full

£16.50 Tuesdays Residents with N. London postcode. Check website for further details: www.littlelifemusical.co.uk www.parktheatre.co.uk


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