YOU ARE HERE
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY NEIL BARTRAM
BOOK BY BRIAN HILL
You Are Here is the UK premiere of an intimate, hilarious and heart-breaking tour-de-force musical that will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit.
July 20, 1969. On the night of the moon landing, Chicago housewife Diana (Wendi Peters) walks out of her comfortable suburban life for no real reason. She sees the astronauts taking that great step and is struck by the realisation that some people lead exciting lives. Suddenly alone in a fast-changing world, she finds a series of unexpected encounters can turn one small step into a giant, life-changing leap.
You Are Here was originally presented at Goodspeed Musicals in 2018. This production runs at Southwark Playhouse from 17th May - 12th June 2021 with two live-streamed performances on 22nd May.
The show is 90 minutes with no interval.
I COULDN'T IMAGINE - A MONUMENTAL DAY IN HUMAN HISTORY - PANIC (PART 1) - MY NEW TO-DO LIST -
AWKWARD/JOAN DARLING - PANIC (PART 2) - SLUMBER DOODLE - MOONWALK - IS THAT ME? - EVERYONE DANCES - THE INVISIBLE MAN - MOONWALK (REPRISE) - PANIC (PART 3) - I COULDN'T IMAGINE (REPRISE) -
SEA OF TRANQUILITY
MD/KEYS - LAURA BANGAY
CELLO - VERITY SIMMONS
REEDS - HANNAH LAWRANCE
Music & Lyrics
Neil is the composer and lyricist of Broadway’s The Story of My Life with book writer Brian Hill (4 Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics). His musical The Theory of Relativity, written specifically for and about college age students, had its US premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2015 with its Off-West End premiere in the same year. Other works include an adaptation of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, a musical adaptation of Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-Soeurs, a musical based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Something Wicked This Way Comes (11 Barrymore Award nominations), You Are Here, Senza Luce and the upcoming stage version of Disney’s beloved film Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Neil’s new score for Shakespeare in Love was written for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Asolo Rep productions. Neil’s awards include the ASCAP Foundation’s Yellen Award, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship and a Dora Award.
Brian’s work with composer/lyricist Neil Bartram includes the book for The Story of My Life (Broadway – 4 Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Book and Outstanding Musical), Something Wicked This Way Comes (11 Barrymore Award nominations), the internationally popular The Theory of Relativity and the upcoming stage adaptation of Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Other works include the English language adaptation of Les Belles-Soeurs, You Are Here and a fresh take on The Adventures of Pinocchio. He wrote the new book for the Old Globe’s production of NBCUniversal’s October Sky and the revised book for the Goodman Theatre’s acclaimed production of Brigadoon.
Directing credits include work with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Segal Centre, Goodspeed Musicals and The Stratford Festival of Canada. For Disney Theatrical Productions he was resident director of the Toronto and Broadway companies of The Lion King and associate director of Broadway’s The Little Mermaid.
Producer & Director
Matthew graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2019 and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grey Area. They wrote the Book & Lyrics of Perfectly Ordinary which they also directed at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. Matthew has directed regional productions of Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening, and worked as an Assistant Director on the UK Tour of Salad Days. With The Grey Area, they directed the ONCOMM Award finalist Before After and oversaw the development of eight new musicals as part of The Zoom Where it Happens.
Training: The BRIT School & Bird College.
This is Amie’s debut as a movement director.
Performing Credits include: U/S June in Gypsy (The Royal Exchange),
Dance Captain in WARS (Orchard Theatre), Principal Dancer in
IN-NOCENTES (Sadler’s Wells Theatre), Dancer for PINK (The BRIT Awards),
Dancer for various artists (Britain’s Got Talent). Amie will be joining the cast of CAROUSEL at Regents Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
Alex designs lighting for theatre, opera and dance and has lit productions of all sizes across the UK. Notably Fiver at the Southwark Playhouse, London, An evening with Sophia Loren, An evening with Kelsey Grammer and Shalamar at Aldwych Theatre, London, and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Union Theatre, London. Other venues include: The King’s Theatre, Portsmouth; Ferneham Hall, Fareham; The Square Tower, Portsmouth; The Egg, Bath; The Minack Theatre, Cornwall; Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis; The Other Place Studio, London; The Blue Elephant Theatre, London.
Alex is the 2019 recipient of the Association of Lighting Designers Lumiere Scheme. The Scheme is a professional development programme with the goal of training the recipient to an industry standard. Alex has been assistant to David Howe on The Magic Goes Wrong at The Lowry, Salford and West Side Story at The Birmingham Hippodrome.
He studied Technical Theatre at Bath Spa University and has worked within the London’s West End as a lighting technician for the last 10 years. He was the Chargehand electrician at the Aldwych Theatre, working on Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and Beautiful:The Carole King Musical, Follow-spot operator for Legally Blonde the Musical at Savoy Theatre, Desk operator for Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre and Lighting technician for the London production of Wicked the Musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Musical Director & Orchestrator
Laura trained at the University of Leeds. Recently she was the Associate Musical Director on Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Associate Musical Director on The Boy In The Dress for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other recent work includes Disney’s Newsies at Arts Educational Schools, where she was Musical Director and Orchestrator, and prior to that she was Music Director for Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The Barbican Centre, for The RSC. Other recent work includes Cabaret at Arts Educational Schools (MD/Orchestrations), Salomé and Vice Versa at the RSC (Musical Director), Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour for The National Theatre Of Scotland/National Theatre (Co-Musical Director) and the West End production of the RSC’s Matilda the Musical (Children’s Musical Director/Associate Conductor)
Other work as MD includes The Mystery Of Edwin Drood at Arts Educational Schools, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Birmingham Rep; Eric’s at Liverpool Everyman. She was Children’s Musical Director on the UK tour of The Sound of Music. She was an MD on the film, Pride.
Libby is a London based Set and Costume Designer working across theatre, musicals, immersive performance and live events. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010.
Design credits include: Public Domain (Southwark Playhouse & Vaudeville, West End), Stages (Vault Festival), In The Heights & Ghost (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Great Christmas Feast (Lost Estate, costume), On Side Awards (Royal Albert Hall), Derriere On A G String (Sadler's Wells), F*Off (Underbelly), Afterglow (Southwark Playhouse), Into The Woods (Embassy Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Hole (Old Rep Birmingham), Wasted (Southwark Playhouse), A Winter's Tale (Rose Theatre Kingston), Constructions of Thin Air (Tilted Productions), Alice in Wonderland (Old Rep Birmingham), The Rink (Southwark Playhouse, costume), Ann Veronica (Watermill Theatre), Pajama Game (Pleasance Theatre), Ubu Roi (Watermill Theatre), The Rise and Fall Of Little Voice (Union Theatre), Treasure (Finborough Theatre, costume), Beneath The Lines (Watermill Theatre), The Dogs Of War (Old Red Lion), The Wedding Singer (The Lowry), Othello (Riverside Studios), La Ballade De Bergerac (LIT Circus) and The Exhibitionists (Exhibition Road Show).
Charles has had the pleasure of working as a sound engineer for theatre shows for nearly a decade. He is very excited to be returning for his sixth production at Southwark Playhouse.
Select credits as Sound Designer: Fiver The Musical (Southwark Playhouse); The Twentieth Century Way (Jermyn Street Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Shaw Theatre); Musical of the Year, Merrily We Roll Along, The Drowsy Chaperone (Stockwell Playhouse); Bar Mitzvah Boy (UK Tour); Rent (Tabard Theatre).
Select credits as Sound Operator/Sound No. 1: Be More Chill (The Other Palace); Tom Gates Live (UK, Ireland and UAE tour); The Wider Earth (The Natural History Museum); The Inheritance (The Young Vic); The Toxic Avenger (The Arts Theatre, West End); Snow White & the Severn Dwarfs (Aylesbury Waterside); The Grapes of Wrath (UK Tour); 9 to 5, Candide (The Bridewell Theatre); Bring It On, Promises Promises, Allegro, The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); Merlin, The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); The Adventures of Pinnochio (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola Theatre).
He also mixed and mastered the cast recording of Fiver The Musical that topped the iTunes soundtrack chart upon its release in spring 2021.
Training: BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Birmingham Conservatoire/Birmingham City University)
Production Photography by Callum Heinrich
Producer & Casting Director
Laura graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2019 and is the Managing Director of The Grey Area Theatre Company. With The Grey Area, she produced The Zoom Where It Happens, was an associate producer on the original studio album of CASES The Musical and produced the OnComm award finalist live-stream of Before After starring Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser, for which she was also the production assistant. You Are Here is Laura’s debut as as casting director.
Orla trained in Performance Technologies and Production at Guildford School of Acting specialising in Stage Management.
She has since worked on the Stage Management team of various productions such as: Before After (Southwark Playhouse), Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Albion in Flames (Union Theatre), Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre), The Play That Goes Wrong (The Duchess Theatre).
Producer & Production Manager
Samantha has a PGDip in Voice Studies from RCSSD and is also the co-founder and Executive Director of The Grey Area. She was the Associate Director and Dramaturg for Perfectly Ordinary at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and Before After for The Grey Area. Samantha has worked as a voice coach for various productions including Northern Stage’s UK Tours of Blue Remembered Hills and Catch 22. She also currently works at ArtsEd. Samantha is extremely grateful to be working with such a great team to bring back live theatre.
Assistant Stage Manager
The Grey Area Theatre Company would like to thank the following individuals/organisations for their support on this production.
Gary Beestone Events and Theatre LTD, The Guildford Fringe Theatre Company, Charlie Ingles, Nicky & Paul Loutit, Tracey Marshall, Adam Smith