Salad Days 2013 London Cast CD

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  • Format: CD
  • Artist: Luke Alexander, Lee Boggess, Maria Brodmann, Charlie Cameron,
  • Barcode: 5026107056516
  • Release Date: November 11, 2013

Recorded live at Riverside Studios in February 2013.

Track listing:

Act 1 and 2
1 The Things That Are Done By A Don
2 We Said We Wouldn’t Look Back
3 Find Yourself Something To Do
4 I Sit In The Sun
5 Oh Look At Me, I’m Dancing
6 Oh Look At Me, I’m Dancing – Ensemble
7 Hush Hush
8 Out Of BreathAct Two
9 Cleopatra
10 Sand In My Eyes
11 It’s Easy To Sing
12 We’re Looking For A Piano
13 The Time Of My Life
14 The Saucer Song
15 We Don’t Understand Our Children
16 Finale: Oh Look At Me – We Said We
Wouldn’t Look Back – It’s Easy To Sing

Director's Note: 
We founded Tête à Tête in 1998 to create innovative music theatre. Focusing mainly on intimate productions of new operas, with huge success and influence, Salad Days came as much of a surprise to us as to anyone else.

In the Summer of 2009, with the strong encouragement from a wonderfully generous sponsor, we were all geared up to produce a major new piece when he called me in to say that, in the wake of the credit crunch, he was no longer able to meet his commitments and would have to withdraw his agreed and very generous contribution. We had no choice but to cancel the show and plug the gap it left.

Salad Days, meanwhile, had been sizzling away on my back burner for a very long time, probably since my childhood. Some crazy instinct to cheer ourselves up and confront the recession head-on made me use this as replacement with the very enthusiastic backing of our whole company.

The twelve performances we produced in 2009 were a coruscating success, leading to two further runs in co-production with Riverside Studios playing to forty thousand people over the next four years.

Our aim throughout was to love the piece, to deliver it as warmly, faithfully and welcomingly as we could. As my acquaintance with Salad Days deepened, it revealed itself not as froth, but rather as affectionate documentary. It records through satire the various social milieux of the 1950s, and bears far more than a passing resemblance to the story of my own parents’ youthful romance in practically every respect. They never admitted, however, to the magic piano.

It was, and remains in the memory, an enormous pleasure to have led such a gifted, dazzling, warm-hearted company of singing dancing actors, who together with many superb instrumentalists under the brilliantly spontaneous musical direction of Anthony Ingle, created hundreds of sizzlingly fresh performances.

In spite of the immense technical difficulties of the huge performing area presented, I felt that it was vital to preserve this freshness by taking a recording from the live show. The odd rustling of a sweet paper or tickly cough is a small price to pay for the magically live nature of these electrifying performances. A wonderful memento of a wonderful time. I very much hope you will continue to enjoy the magic for many years to come.

Bill Bankes-Jones, July 2013

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