Through working with Leicester Curve as a ‘Breakthrough Company’, Sheep Soup developed a new show The Leftovers, a frank and funny exploration of love, loss and songwriting.
In a community recording studio, Jodie’s grieving friends are making a big song and dance about her death. They form a makeshift band to celebrate her life in musical form, but can’t agree on what kind of tribute Jodie would have wanted... or even who she really was. They dive into her surviving collection of diary entries, poems and secrets to make some sense of things, and to have some fun amongst the darkness of loss.
The show became the first new musical commissioned by Curve for their studio space, and a highly-acclaimed UK tour followed in May 2018 directed by Adam Lenson.
Have a listen to some tracks from the show
Book by Nic Harvey
Music and Lyrics by Nic Harvey and Rob Green
Additional material by Ben Welch
Starring Ben Welch, Sarah White, Tim Murphy, Philippa Hogg, Wreh-Asha Walton
Design by LIzzy Leech
Lighting Design by Joshua Gadsby
Directed by Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie (Curve) Adam Lenson (Tour)
Produced by Ben Welch and Tom Barnes
Commissioned by Curve, Leicester
Funded by Arts Council England
Toured to - Belgrade Theatre - Coventry, The Lowry, Unity Theatre - Liverpool, Northern Stage - Newcastle
"The Leftovers" has been supported by Arts Council England, BEAM 2016, Mercury Music Developments, Musical Theatre Network, Musical Re-writes at The Lowry, Musical Bites at The Other Palace, Bill Smith, Kickstarter Supporters, Maddie Smart/Suba Das/Nikolai Foster @ Curve