The adage of "write that which you understand" has proven fruitful for real-life creative couple Ben Bennett and Ashleigh Taylor.
The theatre that is musical came across whenever 25-year-old Bennett and 29-year-old Taylor both starred in the 2017 creation of American Idiot and their relationship blossomed whenever Bennett moved from Townsville to Sydney.
Co-creators of this new way life of Us musical Ashleigh Taylor and Ben Bennett. Credit: Rhett Wyman
But simple months to their relationship that is two-and-a-half-year Taylor to New Zealand for five months to surface in Pleasuredome The Musical. It had been with this separation which they composed the bulk of the latest Australian musical, The lifetime of United States, which makes its globe premiere at Hayes Theatre Co this thirty days.
The show follows the relationship that is long-distance of school sweethearts Charlie and Ellie, additionally played by Bennett and Taylor. The few are forced aside whenever Charlie, a musician, would go to great britain to follow their job, while Ellie continues to be behind inside their hometown to look after her mom, that has early-onset Alzheimer's.
“We explore exactly what this means to link to some other individual, whether or perhaps not we must actually see a individual so that you can maintain any type of relationship and just just what that absence of physical connection does,” claims Taylor. “We were extremely much drawing on individual experience.”
The musical does not flinch through the problems of long-distance love. “What the show that is whole about isn't having that connection and little by little it deteriorates until it isn't here after all,” says Bennett. “Every time the truth is one another you fill it back right up a little, however it's like there is a hole within the base associated with glass.”
Even though the Life of Us is profoundly informed by their particular experience, the initial concept for the show bubbled up before Taylor had also met Bennett.