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City Melodies

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4f, 3m

London, 2013. Anya, a young Romanian woman, has been in London for several months struggling to improve her English and finds a job as a music teacher. She moves in with her black British boyfriend Wes, and together they are trying to hold on to Anya’s dream of being a music teacher and Wes’ dream of succeeding as a jazz musician. This is their story and of the people they meet, all connected by tragedy to varying degrees. Everyone will be changed for ever by the events they live through.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 3m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • WINNER! 2016 Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play
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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

London, 2013. Anya, a young Romanian woman, has been in London for several months struggling to improve her English and finds a job as a music teacher. She moves in with her black British boyfriend Wes, and together they are trying to hold on to Anya’s dream of being a music teacher and Wes’ dream of succeeding as a jazz musician. This is their story and of the people they meet, all connected by tragedy to varying degrees. Everyone will be changed for ever by the events they live through.

City Melodies themes concern the fragmented sense of home and the impermanence of life as explored through the experiences of first and second generation immigrants to London. Other themes include the negative repercussions of putting people into boxes based on a prejudiced response to the unknown. Finally, the theme of persevering despite adversity and pursuing your dream is also explored.

The play is composed of a series of interlocking monologues, straight to audience address sections and traditional duologue scenes.

History

City Melodies received a staged reading at the Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, as part of the Alfred Fagon Award ceremony in 2016.

The play also received a staged reading in 2014, as part of Capital Plays Festival at the MAC in Birmingham, in association with StoneCrabs Theatre.

Cast Attributes

ANYA
WES
MISS BEE
DAWN
JT
CHERISE
COACH DRIVER

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting Waterloo, London
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

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Lorna French

Lorna French is a playwright, writing workshop leader and dramaturg. Lorna has most recently presented a reading of Esther at Jermyn Street Theatre in March 2022. Jacaranda was produced by Pentabus Theatre and Theatre by the Lake for a tour of rural venues in 2021. She also w ...

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