Photographer: Helen Warner
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Cut and pasted from the National Theatre website:
London Road, book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, music and lyrics by Adam Cork
In the autumn of 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.
The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling that they frequently encountered. As Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the immediate community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.
Adam Cork uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on playwright Alecky Blythe’s extensive recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create an experimental and challenging work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.
Groundbreaking. Cutting edge. Unique and Unusual. Funny. Brilliant. Outstanding cast, all of whom are excellent. I don't want to say any more or reveal anything more, because this production is best experienced as a surprise, as I did.
If you haven't been able to get to London to see it, or if you are in London and you haven't been able to see it, do not fear as they are going to make it into a film. In the meantime you can get the soundtrack here:
The cast got the most amazing reception tonight (Friday). They deserve it - although they seemed surprised. The production in OUTSTANDING. I cannot wait for the film version!