The Theory of Relativity was an unexpected delight. Set against the science of Einstein’s theory we experienced the randomness of human life and interaction, and saw first-hand the ‘messiness’ that human’s feel and experience on a daily basis. Capturing glimpses into individual lives, for one hour the audience were privy to the private lives of the everyday people you may pass in the street, each with their worries and joys. Every character was expressed as a song; often separate, often connected to each of the other characters, demonstrating both order and chaos in the lives of all.
The beautiful songs were perfectly offset by the young actors’ remarkable voices, each creating individual characters with flair and precision. Particularly outstanding were Natasha Karp’s nervous girl in love singing ‘Cake’ and Jodie Steele’s powerful ‘Me and Ricky’, but Joshua LeClair’s humorous and warm rendition of ‘Apples and Oranges’ was the highlight of the show.
Whilst written specifically, by Neil Bartram, for and about college age students, The Theory of Relativity speaks to us all about the trials and tribulations of life, from falling in love for the first time, to losing loved ones, from moving cities and having new experiences to settling down. Covering issues of the popular and unpopular kids at school, the experience of coming out of the closet, how to deal with grief, compulsive disorders, or the feeling of success and failure, there is something for everyone to relate to in this remarkable production.
I defy anyone, whatever may be happening in their lives, to leave this production without feeling renewed hope, being profoundly uplifted, and having learned at least a little bit more about science.
Review by Breeze Barrington
The Theory of Relativity is new chamber musical by composer and lyricist Neil Bartram and book writer Brian Hill (Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Story of My Life). The show explores the notion that all people are intricately interconnected; that our personal journeys can have profound effects on those with whom we come into contact, from our intimate partners to complete strangers. Through songs and monologues, eight performers create an array of characters whose lives intersect as they explore the unfolding mysteries and adventures in their lives. 2015 is the 110th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s landmark theory E=mc2 and the 60th anniversary of his death; the principles that underpin Einstein’s belief that “only a life lived for others is worth living” infuse this musical with warmth while examining the wonders and complexities of the human experience.
Simon Bailey (I Can’t Sing!, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) @SimonBailey1210
Jodie Steele (Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame) @JodieSamSteele
Rebekah Lowings (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) @BekkiLowings
Andrew Gallo (Saturday Night Fever) @andy_gallo
Joshua LeClair (She Loves Me, See Rock City, The Theory of Relativity orig. cast) @LeClairJoshua
Natasha Karp (The Grand Tour) @natasha_karp
Ina Marie Smith (Disney’s Toy Story the Musical original cast) @c_inasmith
Curtis Brown (The Theory of Relativity original cast) @curtisbrown81
Director: Christopher Lane www.christopher-lane.com / @DirectorLane
Musical Director: Barney Ashworth www.barneyashworth.com / @barneyashworth
Producer: Relative Motion – Josh McNorton & Christopher Lane www.relativemotion.co.uk / @Relative_Motion
Casting: Debbie O’Brien Casting – Harry Blumenau www.debbieobrien.net
Lighting Designer: Andy Purves www.andypurves.com
Designer: PJ McEvoy www.stagejobspro.com/uk/PJbyDesign
Artwork: Joe Martin www.moemario.com
The Theory of Relativity
Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram, Book by Brian Hill www.bartramandhill.com
The Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW5 0LJ
Dates: Friday 29th May – Saturday 13th June (no shows on Sundays or Mondays)
Times: 8pm, 3pm matinees on Saturday
Running Time: 80 minutes, no interval
Tickets: £15 / £12 concession. To book visit, www.thetheoryofrelativity.co.uk
Social Media: @theorylondon / www.facebook.com/RelativeMotionUK
Saturday 30th May 2015