The EL Train
Directed by Ruth Wilson and Sam Yates
Alex wrote music and created the sound design for the collection of three one act Eugene O’Neil plays – Before Breakfast, The Web and The Dreamy Kid. Ruth Wilson (who has two Olivier awards and an Emmy) also stared in two of the plays.
The score features a live seven-piece jazz band led by vocalist Nicola Hughes linking each of the three plays.
“..the staging is bleakly beautiful, the original score by Alex Baranowski sensational, the performances brutally truthful.” The Telegraph ****
“..a spellbinding 90-minute evening… the atmospheric power of Alex Baranowski’s prefatory jazz music and the resonant singing of Nicola Hughes, who sombrely tells us that “death is slow, death is sure” The Guardian ****
“The joint is jumping.. to the ecstatic sound of virtuoso jazz trumpeter Mark Kavuma and company. The magnificent Nicola Hughes – velvet-voiced – seals each play with a song… a pitch-perfect sense of O’Neill’s prose and of theatrical sound: the thunder of train and storm.” The Observer *****