Review: We’ll Live and Die in these Towns at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour

We’ll Live and Die in these Towns at Belgrade Theatre

By Geoff Thompson, Directed by Hamish Glen, Musical Director: Tom Clarke

I’ve been looking forward to seeing We’ll Live and Die in these Towns in Coventry all summer, since it was first announced and it didn’t disappoint. Based on the tracks from the debut number one best-selling platinum album by The Enemy. We’ll live and Die in these Towns is at Belgrade’s B2 theatre until 20th October.

I remember the spotting the CD album of We’ll live and Die in these Towns on the shelf in HMV. It had those old train destination boards from Birmingham New Street Station, the ones that flip over to reveal the stops along the way and this had, Birmingham International, Tile Hill, Canley and Coventry next to the album name and title.

Well Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day 4
We’ll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day

It describes itself as a new musical, but I’d say it’s a drama packed with a whole album full of music.

Argy (Tom Milner) backstage with his band at the Throne Room Arena, four hours before he’s due to go on stage, Argy is suffering from an as yet undetermined form of anxiety, and is refusing to perform. Argy’s manager, Ambassador (Steven Serlin) tries several methods to get Argy to see sense but none of them work. Argy leaves the arena.

We'll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day
We’ll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day

While the clock is ticking, Argy goes off to see his sick brother, Bill (Quinn Patrick), his brother’s wife Hips (Julie Mullins – who played Julie Martin in Neighbours!). Argy then hangs out with a busker (Mark Turnbull), and sees his sister Brahma (Molly-Grace Cutler) and his old mates, Sammy (Andy Burse), Megan (Meg Forgan) and Danny (Adam Sopp).

We'll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day 2
We’ll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day

We’ll live and Die in these Towns is part musical, part gig and all heart, dealing with death, drink problems and physical and mental health problems, it doesn’t shy away from these. Each character has a particular style of speaking, brother Bill speaks in poetry, manager Ambassador speaks in lyrics, Megan speaks like street rappers from YouTube videos, leaving Argy to talk, on the whole, like we do.

Tom Milner delivers a stand out performance, he’s the only character we follow throughout this show, great vocals and he carries Argy’s pain and suffering around with him.

I’ve only one minor niggle, a dodgy Birmingham accent from one character later on, or is it meant to be Black Country, it was both! I know my very accent is difficult to emulate!

This is a very personal production with a single sofa on the stage, the band at the rear by a the wall, there’s uneven square blocks to create the floor of the stage with neon tubes under lighting the room. When I’ve seen productions at B2, they’ve always had the four front rows in the middle, but the stage fills this area, bringing the cast right out on a three sided space.

We'll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day
We’ll Live and Die in these Towns cast photo by Robert Day

Please do go and see We’ll Live and Die in these Towns before Saturday 20th October at Belgrade Theatre, Book tickets here: belgrade.co.uk/event/we-live-and-die-in-these-towns


This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to see We’ll Live and Die in these Towns by Belgrade Theatre

Advertisements