Royal Exchange Theatre
Directed by Jo Davies
Opened to excellent reviews with an inspired cast and brilliant live band including award winning folk violinist / vocalist Kate Young, lap guitarist Joe Gravil, Accordion player / MD Tarek Merchant and Euphonium player Jill Myers.
“Alex Baranowski’s music isn’t just the food of love, but drip-feeds the production’s life-blood, with fiddler Kate Young leading a band playing a mix of folksy melodies and moody off-beat sounds integrated within the action.” The Stage ****
“…the soundscape of the production is so compelling… Alex Baranowski’s score has a vaguely Armenian flavour, and the dark ululations of the folk fiddler and vocalist Kate Young provide an atmospheric introduction, leading a slow cortege in honour of Olivia’s deceased brother. But this production does not remain in a minor key for long, even if O’Donnell restores the melancholy at the end with a bewitching, torch-song rendition of The Wind and the Rain that brings a new meaning to the line, “When I was but a little tiny boy”.” The Guardian ****