City Stories interweaves three tales of love and loss written and directed by James Phillips (Hidden in the Sand, The Rubenstein Kiss) with original live music from singer-songwriter Rosabella Gregory transporting audiences on a haunting journey through London.
Waiting for a train at St Pancras, Natalie is told she is the answer to the riddle of life. Approached by a stranger in Starbucks, Vivian is presented with a book that changes her forever. In a world falling asleep, hour by hour, Audrey drifts through empty streets.
City Stories is written and directed by James Phillips and is his second play in London within two months with Hidden in the Sand appearing at the Trafalgar Studios in October. Phillips’ critically acclaimed first play, The Rubenstein Kiss, won both the John Whiting Award and the TMA Award for Best Play. Phillips’ other theatre includes Mapping the City (Slung Low), The Little Fir Tree, Macbeth (both Sheffield Crucible), Observe the Sons of Ulster (Pleasance London), and Touched (Soho). His first TV drama, If We Dead Awaken, for Touchpaper on Channel 4, was broadcast last year.
City Stories is singer-songwriter Rosabella Gregory’s first theatre collaboration; as well as composing the score she also performs as part of the cast. Gregory has performed her music in New York, Paris, Barcelona and across the UK, including supporting legendary band leader and broadcaster Jools Holland. She has performed in session on BBC Radio2 with Bob Harris and can be heard on Delilah’s debut album From the Roots Up. Her theatrical work is set to continue as she has been commissioned by Broadway producers to write songs for a new musical.
Louisa Clein from The Great Secret in Trafalgar Square
and Sarah Quintrell lit by candlelight in the baby duomo from Narcissi
Another chance to join singer songwriter Rosabella Gregory with Daphne Alexander, Louisa Clein and Sarah Quintrell for three magical new short plays by acclaimed writer James Phillips.
City Stories will play at the St James Theatre Studio as part of St James Theatre Play Week from 14th to 16th November 2013. Tickets £15 from www.stjamestheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0844 264 2140.
Returning to the St James Theatre Studio for four performances only.
Running Time: 75mins (no interval)
Monday 4th November 2013