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Five Reasons To See ... Legacy Falls

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After a ten-year gestation in Bermuda, Paris and Islington, a stylish and engaging story of life back-stage on a fictional American soap opera, James Burn's Legacy Falls comes freshly polished to the New Players Theatre later this month.

The new and original musical comedy, which is directed by Ian Poitier, features a cast led by Mark Inscoe and Tara Hugo alongside Tim Oxbrow, Aimie Atkinson and Joanne Heywood.

The show's producer, Warren Cabral gives us his five reasons why you should see Legacy Falls and tells us why soap is such a dirty business.

1. The laughs

Legacy Falls is an intelligent, witty exposé of life on-screen and off behind the scenes at a fictional American soap opera. The jokes are sharp, well observed – and brilliantly brought to life by a great cast. There’s bitchiness and back-stabbing, tantrums and cat-fights. And it’s hilarious! It’s entertaining, it’s uplifting and it’s clever all at the same time. 

2. The love

Talking last night to Pippa Winslow, who plays the Mother in Legacy Falls, we both agreed that the slow-burn progression of the love between the characters Edward (Mark Inscoe) and Daniel (Tim Oxbrow) was so gradual in its development as to be wholly believable - and moving too. There’s a struggle for love to survive extreme adversity that speaks to us all. Who of us could handle having our most private secrets exposed on national television?

3. The lyrics

The lyrics can be tender and moving, but never miss a chance to exploit the comic potential of daytime drama. Soap is a dirty business and we make the most of it!

4. The music

Legacy Falls is full of the kind of melodies that stick in your mind for weeks. Beware. You’ll be humming this show on your way home.

5. The earthquake

All soaps need a cliff-hanger and our earthquake is about as silly as it gets. We give new meaning to low-budget daytime drama. Still, I wonder, who’s gonna survive?

Legacy Falls runs at the New Players Theatre from 29 October (previews from 27 October) until 20 November 2010.


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