Songs from a Ledge
is a new musical currently seeking production and development opportunities and digital and hard copy sales packs are being prepared. Companies seeking details should e-mail Andrew@ckam.co.uk
It is a Blues Opera, based on the troubled life of fictional jazz 'n' blues star Maria Lynwood, the Wild Child of the Blues, the Red Queen, the Little Firebird whose career spanned the 20th century, and of Annalie, her great granddaughter, lost in life in the 21st century and desperate for something to fight for and who, one fateful day, receives a box of Maria's possessions, letters, recordings and memories which changes her own life.
Musical and dramatic extracts from the show were widely performed in 2013 and 2014 at festivals including Wilderness, Shepley, Bloomsbury and Secret Garden Party and fringe theatres, arts centres and cabarets in London, Brighton, the Midlands and the North.
This led to a full production at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham in November 2014. Some of the reviews are below.
Birmingham What’s On
I was spellbound by the stormy life of vivacious blues singer Maria Linwood - played by Amy Kakoura, who also co-wrote the play. Her voice was stunning; her recollections of her past, hilarious.
Her scenes were interjected with those of her great-granddaughter Anna (Jessica Duncan), who received from a distant relative a box of Maria’s memorabilia which transformed her life. The strong script, excellent characterisations and wonderful, live music –
…an absorbing tale of familial estrangement and heart break. By the end, I truly loved the characters. An evocative evening filled with life, love and laughs.
The Public Reviews
Kakoura imbues Maria with stage presence and it is easy to imagine her as the great jazz diva.
Duncan’s Annalie is confused and looking for purpose, which Maria’s book provides. Her character is well established in her quirky song, ‘I Bought A Cat’, and her other numbers follow a similar vein.
….the soaring vocals of Kakoura and the contrasting, more hesitant ones of Duncan are truly glorious.
Stage Talk Magazine
….Kakoura has a big voice to match the star Maria’s talent, her portrayal is a touching one as the torment of a troubled life is unleashed through her song.
Jessica Duncan…is absolutely delightful ….shows herself to be an accomplished actor and vocalist– keep an eye out for her in the future.
The show is dark, witty and has heart to it. The script is cleverly pieced together; the reading of two separate letters overlapping each other is, in particular, a real delight. ….
the creative team and cast must be commended for what is a liberating and committed piece of work.
A bold new piece, with a clever script and score full of wistful moments.