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Lillia the Musical

Thu 4th – Sat 20th Aug 2011

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“a dark jewel of a show that crackles and sparkles its way to its dark climax with great assurance and poise, a strongly recommended must-see”

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Southhampton University Students' Union Showstoppers

SUMMARY

“5 stars, I can’t wait to see it again”

“A Dark Jewel of a Show; a strongly recommended must-see”

“Truly Moving”

Lillia is an original musical with book, music and lyrics by Stephanie Jayne Amies. It follows the life of three individuals, Lillia, a twenty-two year old accountant who lives a quiet, sheltered life with her Mother, Mya, (a fiery, assertive and seductive twenty one year old actress) and Aidan, a lively, yet protective eleven year old boy. A misunderstanding in a pub leads the three characters down a fateful path where, with an unexpected and chilling twist, they find their lives are intricately and irreversible entwined.

Lillia’s dark centre explores the depths of a rare psychological disorder, its affect on its victim and the impact it has on ordinary lives. It considers the human mind as both a person’s best friend and their worst enemy as it begins to blur the lines between fantasy and reality. The show raises questions about human psyche and at what point the mind turns disorder into order and sickness into health. The music winds its way between fun uplifting numbers and achingly beautiful ballads and the ensemble provides rich and atmospheric harmonies throughout the show that enhance the tension and emotion as the show builds and unravels to its disturbing revelation. At the pre-Edinburgh previews, ‘Lillia’ has been described by viewers as: “truly moving”, “intense”, “a 5 star show that I can’t wait to see again!”, “striking”, “powerful”, “grippingly disorientating” and “cleverly written”.

The show is being performed by the University of Southampton Musical Theatre Society, Showstoppers, winners of six Daily Echo Curtain Call awards 2010, including ‘Production of the Year’ and ‘Best Opera or Musical’. The Daily Echo critics, upon seeing the show, have described Lillia’s leading roles as “tender, emotional”, “sexy”, “lively” and “exceptionally talented”.

With its effective simplicity and imaginative originality, this show is one of a kind that’s talented cast, innovative direction and stirring writing provides a surprisingly accurate and heartfelt representation of mental illness that will leave you wondering to what extent you can completely trust your own mind.

Innovative in its style, with inspired and imaginative direction by Jeremy McCabe, Lillia is “a dark jewel of a show that crackles and sparkles its way to its dark climax with great assurance and poise, a strongly recommended must-see” (Matthew Scott, Head of Music, National Theatre).

Admission: £7.50(£6.50) – £9.50(£8.50)

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