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Playing Life

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After a successful tour in the West Midlands and at The Edinburgh fringe Festival in 2007, Playing Life returns with a national tour.

Playing Life combines live jazz and compelling drama in a one woman show which explores how the character, Louise, has found the courage to move on from her past, making a successful career for herself as a jazz singer.

Playing Life is set into the backdrop of Louise's show at a jazz club. She arrives for work bedraggled: both emotionally and physically due to the rain which has soaked her spirit through to the core. As she goes through the motions of preparing to perform she reveals the dark secrets of her stolen childhood, and how a love for jazz has both enabled her to express herself, and relate to, and ultimately understand, if not forgive, the mother who abused her.

“Louise, according to the blurb, "lives for jazz". An excellent singer, she uses music as an outlet for her problems, and as the play develops we soon realise the wealth of problems she faces: childhood violence, problems with men, and most importantly with herself, all emerge as Louise's monologue progresses. Interrupted only by occasional songs, backed on the piano by the play's only supporting character, it becomes clear that music is the only outlet she has. (…) A well executed concept, which was just the right length to hold the attention throughout.”
Playing Life, THREE WEEKS, 4 stars – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007