Opened 6 May 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Together with his long-time cabaret partner, virtuoso pianist, composer and arranger David Shrubsole, Simon Green makes his Crazy Coqs debut with this brand-new show. If you could sit down with your 21 year old self and share the surprises that life will bring... what would you say? SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE explores the paths untrod, mistakes repeated and ridiculous responses to an ever-changing world. Green and Shrubsole cast their uniquely British gaze over life's rude awakenings. As in their Drama Desk nominated "Travelling Light", they concoct a theatrical marriage of word, music and truths that aim to transport you to a former, more innocent incarnation of yourself. With inimitable expertise, Simon and David bring their unique cabaret skills to some of the greatest musical writings of the 20th Century. The duo's customary approach to their work is to always begin with words and lyrics. In this show they draw on the works of an eclectic collection of artistes, balancing the heartfelt sentiment of Noel Coward with the contemporary freshness of Elton John, the melodic vigour of Sondheim with the lyricism of Rudyard Kipling and uncovering an inspired piece that blends the words of Alexander Pushkin with the musical magic of Donald Swann. A little Lily Allen, Styles and Drewe, Duncan Sheik and of course David Shrubsole himself are also included.