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Award-winning musical Ordinary Days transfers to Drayton Arms Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

After receiving rave reviews, being shortlisted as one of only ten musicals for the Musical Theatre Review Best Musical Award and being nominated for Best Musical at the Broadway World Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Streetlights, People! Productions’ revival of Ordinary Days returns to London as the winner of the Drayton Arms’ Eddies Kensington Award, intended to identify “the most exciting new companies at this year’s Fringe Festival.”

This production began with a sold-out engagement at the Hen and Chickens Theatre last October before transferring to London Theatre Workshop.

With music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, Ordinary Days is a contemporary musical set in modern-day New York. It follows the parallel lives of four young city-dwellers struggling to find meaning in the madness: Claire, who can’t let go of her past; Jason, determined to begin their future together; Warren, an artist who’s lost his sense of purpose; and Deb, a student who’s lost her thesis notes. It is a witty, poignant, and ultimately very relatable story about human connection and finding beauty in unexpected places.

Streetlights, People! was founded by Nora Perone (who plays Deb) and Jen Coles (who directs) while they were both students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – for them, producing their own projects meant never having to spend a day at home waiting for the phone to ring.

Nora Perone said: “I was drawn to Ordinary Days because, as well as being a triumph of musical comedy, it’s also a brilliant examination of the struggles faced today by young adults – and particularly by young artists. Ordinary Days is a breath of fresh air in a city that can sometimes feel polluted with cynicism and self-doubt. We set out to do two performances last October, and suddenly it’s a year later, and our press night at the Drayton Arms will be our 50th show. We’ve really been very lucky: we are immensely grateful to have audiences who love the show just as much as we do.”

And Audrey Thayer, Programming Manager at the Drayton Arms, said: “I am so pleased to have Ordinary Days as our 2017 Kensington Eddies Award Winners. As an emerging company, taking on a show that is heartfelt, inspiring and deserving of a larger audience, they are exactly who we strive to support as a theatre. When I saw Ordinary Days performed in Edinburgh – a story about choosing to live the life that makes you happy, performed by such a talented group of actors – I knew it was the perfect show to spread a message of hope and new beginnings in a time of fear and uncertainty.”

Dates: November 21 to December 9, 2017.

Tickets: £14, £10 concessions.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Running Time: 75 minutes.

Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London, SW5 0LJ