What do you do when there's no script? It's Only Life director Tania Azevedo embraces 'total freedom'

30 May
Author: Staff
Director Tania Azevedo

Rehearsals are in full swing for the UK premiere of John Bucchino's award-winning American musical revue IT'S ONLY LIFE. But how do you prepare for a show when there is - literally - NO SCRIPT? Director Tania Azevedo took a break from putting the cast through their paces to tell us...

It's Only Life is a musical revue featuring the songs of award-winning American songwriter John Bucchino. His songs have been recorded and performed by the likes of Judy Collins, Patti LuPone, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra MacDonald, Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkel and many others. Conceived by director Daisy Prince and Bucchino, It's Only Life is about longing, fulfilment, loss, triumph and ultimately wisdom.

The UK premiere, directed by Tania Azevedo, stars Noel Sullivan, Jennifer Harding, Jordan Shaw, Will Carey and Sammy Graham. It has musical direction by Nick Barstow and choreography by William Whelton. It's produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.

"When you don't have a script to worry about, you're treating every single song like a mini scene," says Azevedo. The meaning of each performance comes from "a process of discussion and the real-life experience of the actors".

It’s Only Life runs from 13 June to 7 July 2018 at The Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR. Performances run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!