Theatre: Summer Street – The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical

Summer Street A new musical is hitting the stage this spring that promises to bring nostalgia, sun and songs to recaptures the glory days of the 90s Aussie soap opera scene.

Following the 30th anniversaries of Neighbours and Home and Away last year, the musical Summer Street recalls Britain’s love for tales from Down Under.

Heading to the Waterloo East Theatre for a run from May 13-June 2, the show follows four Aussie soap stars trying to resurrect their careers with unexpected consequences and plenty of songs to tap your foot to.

Writer and Director, Andrew Norris, said: “I grew up in the 1980s/90s and have always been interested in the huge, cultural impact soaps and especially the Aussie soaps had on UK culture at the time.

It was truly remarkable. The sun shone on our TV sets every afternoon, which perhaps goes some way to explaining their popularity, against our rather cold, political climate at the time with our poll tax riots and cardboard cities.

“Many an Aussie actor’s career was launched or boosted in the UK by an appearance in a soap.

I wanted to write a show which captured the nostalgia of this period but also made a more modern comment on the nature of fame, fortune and celebrity.

I think audiences relate to Soaps because we relate to the people we see on our TV sets.

If you think about it, most soaps are about ordinary people with sometimes extraordinary lives, but nevertheless normal people.

The exceptions would be the American mega soaps like Dallas and Dynasty where perhaps it was about seeing how the other half live.

“Summer Street – The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical! is a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the heyday of the Aussie soap opera, which is packed full of fun and accompanied by a soundtrack of pastiche songs from the 1990s.

“It explores the world of soap, the stars who inhabit it and exactly how much some people are prepared to pay for fame.

Everyone has their price.”


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