The Last 5 Years
Book, music and lyrics by JASON ROBERT BROWN
A touching, clever, two-person show
The Last 5 Years is a touching two-person show that follows a man and a woman through the arc of their failed five-year relationship.
Jamie, the man and a writer, moves forward in time from initial infatuation through love, supporting Cathy’s nascent career, their marriage, his personal career success, temptation, infidelity, then his ending the relationship. Cathy, the woman and an actress, moves backwards in time through pain, suspicion and jealousy, feelings of inadequacy due to her failure to realize her career, happiness in a new-found marriage, desire to be her own person, and a very promising beginning of a relationship. Their time-lines only overlap (and immediately diverge) at the “I do” of their marriage.
The musical is through-written in a pop/broadway style, with full, gorgeous orchestration (piano, upright bass, 2 cellos, guitar, violin). It is a showcase piece for both the man and woman, demanding strong acting and powerful vocals.
This show is well-loved in musical theatre because the songs are memorable, powerful, engaging, challenging and fun for the audience and the cast. The theme is universal and the scenes are dramatic without being overwrought. The show is great theatre.
Thursday 20 October, 8pm: Anthony Hagan and Alice Charlton
Friday 21 October, 8pm: William Hazell and Abigail Williams
Saturday 22 October, 3pm: Anthony Hagan and Abigail Williams
Saturday 22 October, 8pm: William Hazell and Alice Charlton
Sunday 23 October, 2pm: William Hazell and Alice Charlton
Sunday 23 October, 6pm: Anthony Hagan and Abigail Williams
DIRECTOR | Michael Smith
MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Ben Nicholls
PRODUCER | Craig Topp
DESIGNER | Jo Donnelly
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Steve King
COSTUME DESIGNERS | Anthony Hagan & Skyla Loureda
PRODUCTION CONSULTANT | Fran Rafferty
PRODUCTION CONSULTANT | Kaytie M Lee
STAGE MANAGER | Valentine Monot
MARKETING | Sharon Burrell
SET DRESSING | Joanne Thompson
BAR MANAGER Deborah Lean
The Rag Factory
- Thursday 20 October 2011 8.00pm
- Friday 21 October 2011 8.00pm
- Saturday 22 October 2011 3.00pm
- Saturday 22 October 2011 8.00pm
- Sunday 23 October 2011 2.00pm
- Sunday 23 October 2011 6.00pm