Bittersweet lovestory from Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes to Queen’s Theatre
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 August 2018
Following its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a witty coming-of-age love story is coming to the borough.
Tallulah Brown is bringing her new play Songlines to the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.
Songlines tells the story of two troubled teenagers in the countryside, their unlikely friendship and their attempt to make sense of the confusing and at times harsh world around them.
Writer Tallulah said: “This was my first opportunity to essentially live soundtrack one of my plays, which was a really exciting proposition they came to me with.
“So I scurried away and came back with Songlines.”
It captures the trials of growing up and the power of music in that process.
The show features Brown’s award-winning band Trills who perform a mix of folk and country melodies lives on stage throughout the show.
Speaking about the play’s focus on two 17-year-olds, Tallulah said: “For me, it was to do with that age group in Suffolk, where your life revolves around bus stops and hanging out on the beach, and I wanted those sets to be really central to the play and I think that has already really engaged with the age group.
“It’s also specific to growing up in the countryside, and a lot of my friends from cities don’t get that at all, it’s not part of their route.”
The play begins in a gig in Norwich where the girl, Stevie, clocks the boy, Stan who she has had a friendship with over the past year. As soon as she sees him, she’s taken back to the first time they met.
Director George Chilcott added: “If you’re looking for something that’s more than just a play, and you like music, and if you’re into and interested in gig theatre, I think this is a really strong, compelling play that’s got some lovely accompanying music.
“I think it’s as much a play as an experience, and you’ll come away hopefully feeling like you’ve seen something new and original.”
Songlines will be playing at Queen’s Theatre on Monday, August 27 at 8pm.