Something Something Lazarus is a dark comedy about resurrections, second chances and the healing power of show. It's also a new British musical, receiving its premiere in March 2016 and will be produced in association with the King's Head Theatre in Islington, London. The King's Head is also our fantastic venue.
We’re calling it a broken cabaret. Why? Because it all begins with a fast-dissolving rehearsal and ends with a fractured show that some might call a meltdown.
In the hour before opening at Midnight Sun, a half-dead cabaret bar, Vee and Della are re-blocking the song with the knife. Owner Daniel has a thing with bar boy Jay and the changes he’s bringing to the business. Love is in the air but now it seems, is also in the gents. And with the unveiling of a delivery from Daniel’s distant past, matters quickly skid into overdrive. It’s an age-old story about surviving love with a variety of weapons: jokes, songs, the previously mentioned knife, a significant chair, and a very large axe. It’s also an attempt to do something new with the musical form. Songs are interrupted, directed, repurposed, undercut … dialogue flits and sings between lyrics … a naturalistic first half gives way to a full-on show once the theatre family snaps.
Growing the show
Musicals, they say, aren’t written … they’re rewritten. And it’s no different here. Our show began life in Manchester, many moons ago. The idea revived at theatre’s Devoted & Disgruntled and a workshop at South Hill Park followed. Since then we’ve also been working on the book, tightening the script to give audiences at The King’s Head something a little faster, and a little more furious.
Supporting the show
Collaboration and friendship are brilliant engines. So far, they’ve powered over eleven years of musical making. And now that we have our show ready for The King’s Head, with our budget and investments in place, we’re hoping for a little more horsepower. That’s why we’re here. To raise that final 15%.
So, please, if you can, help us raise our final £3000. Of course, you can also support our show with a ticket or two for the show when it premieres in March. You can pop along to our FREE festive concert on Monday 21 December 2015, where we’ll be performing a special version of the show, along with free wine and mince pies. You can tell your musical-loving friends about Something Something Lazarus, and ask them to tell their musical-loving friends about it too.
However you choose to support us, we thank you. For helping new musical theatre find a space in the UK. But also for helping to water our acorn.
Risks and challenges
Even small musicals are expensive. There’s the hiring of spaces. The designing. The bringing to life of said designs. The printing. The PR. And then there’s the people … the amazing talent helping us to realise the dream …
The great news is we have an amazing team to support us. From our director Dan Phillips to the team at The King's Head Theatre. The King’s Head is leading the way in fair pay on the fringe. It’s a cause we completely support. Any money you can give will be helping to pay for the hard work of talented professionals who aren’t always so financially supported by their industry.
What is the money NOT paying for? Well, it’s not paying for the writers. In fact, we’re investing in the show ourselves. We believe in the benefits of our hard work and midnight oil. We want all our own seconds and pennies to keep flooding our future. We have faith in this educational experience called ‘putting on a show’. We don’t think the budget should be funding our university, no matter how wonderful it is. And if we raise more than our minimum? All money raised will go directly into the show. We’ll let you know how through our regular updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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