We've Got Each Other at Vault Festival
Wednesday 9 January 2019
Festivals - Shows
Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, a BE Festival Audience Award, and various international awards, We've Got Each Other comes to Vault Festival before a UK-wide tour.
Image: The Vaults
Modern jukebox musicals usually involve a multi-talented cast, an orchestra, opulent sets, decadent costumes, extravagant routines, dramatic key changes and the odd hydraulic lift or two.
We've Got Each Other has none of these things (they cost lots of money), but theatre maker Paul O'Donnell will still try to create an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle simply using the power of imagination.
The show will be at Vault Festival from 6 to 10 February before embarking on a UK-wide tour (announced dates below with others to follow).
Through entertaining descriptions of the show as it unfolds, and 180+ lighting cues, Paul will invite the audience to 'fill in the gaps', imagining the breath-taking and tragic love story of Tommy and Gina.
Expect glitter balls, high camp and one incredibly catchy 80's tune.
This feel good show celebrates the community that is formed when artist and audience meet, and the extraordinary things that we can achieve when we come together, if we just … believe.
We've Got Each Other won the BE Festival Audience Award 2018 as well as the Young FITT Festival's Audience Award and Best Performer Award in Spain.
In 2017, the show was awarded BE Festival Early Ideas Award and China Plate's First Bite Commission.
The show sold-out at the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Paul O'Donnell said ...
"I have always admired the musical theatre genre; swept away by the spectacle of it all, the extravagance of it all, and the audience's ability to completely lose themselves in the fiction of it, if only for an hour or two.
There is something rather magical about spending two hours in a room lost in the most fantastical large scale musical, and I was curious to see if I could capture this experience in my own small scale work."
Mr O'Donnell is a theatre maker and producer, based in Coventry.
We've Got Each Other combines his childhood love of musical theatre with his training in Contemporary Theatre and Performance.
His work aims to expose the 'ordinary' in a 'spectacular' fashion.
Paul's work to date includes an all singing all dancing harem of 'Pauls' exploring our human need to feel like a 'something' (Nothing!), one very 'real' cowboy in a very 'real' saloon (So Far West), and a mime artist who is trying to break free of his glass box (One Thing On His Mime).
Paul has worked with Arcola Theatre's Over 50's Community group and Belgrade Theatre's community and education department.
He is Associate Artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Theatre Absolute.
He also co-founded and produces Shoot Festival, a platform supporting up and coming artists in Coventry and Warwickshire.
06 - 10 Feb
London SE1 7NN
Tues-Sat 7.45pm, Sat matinee 4.45pm
3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD
Hull HU2 8LB
23 - 27 April
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham B1 2EP
8pm, Sat Mat 2.30pm
Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
16 - 18 May
Battersea Arts Centre
London SW11 5TN
23 - 25 May
Beaford Arts Rural Touring
Crown Yealm House
Pathfields Business Park
South Molton, EX36 3LH
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Huddersfield HD1 2SP
Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
20 - 21 October
Manchester (Orbit Festival)
More dates to be announced.
The almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi Musical.
With the modern jukebox musical traditionally comes a multi-talented cast, a live band (or orchestra if you are lucky), opulent sets and decadent costumes, extravagant dance routines, dramatic key changes and the odd hydraulic lift or two.
We've Got Each Other has none of these things (they cost a lot of money), but Paul still tries to create this all singing, all dancing spectacle using the powers of your imaginations.
Through entertaining descriptions of the show as it unfolds, and a hundred plus lighting cues, Paul invites the audience to 'fill in the gaps' and imagine the breath-taking tragic love story of Tommy and Gina.
Author: Created by Paul O'Donnell
Lighting: Arnim Friess
Dramaturg: Nick Walker
Production: Paul O'Donnell
From: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Closes: Sunday 10 February 2019
ActDrop full listing for We've Got Each Other