London Road the musical is written based on a real-life event of a serial killer in London Road near Ipswich. The musical is written in the verbatim style – a style of writing where the musical is constructed using the text exactly as recorded in documentaries and interviews. The ‘music’ and lyrics is dictated and mimicked mainly by the rhythm, pace and pitch of the spoken words.
London was a project launched by the National Theatre initially, however, after receiving many positive reviews, the show was taken on a national tour and later in 2015, reworked for a film adaptation which was recently broadcasted on BBC iplayer.
London Road – written by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (music and lyrics) is arguably one of the most ground-breaking musical this country has ever produced. Partly because of the subject matter, but also the music is not like your usual musical theatre score, but it’s haunting, daring and edgy.
You can get a taster by watching the film or take a listen to the soundtrack below. I remembered learning the score for this show and its definitely, hands down, one of the most difficult shows I’ve ever done.