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 lease of life of Us musical Ashleigh Taylor and Ben Bennett. Credit: Rhett Wyman
But simple months to their two-and-a-half-year relationship Taylor relocated to New Zealand for five months to arise in Pleasuredome The Musical. It absolutely was with this separation which they composed the majority of this new musical that is australian The Life 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 college 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 career, while Ellie stays behind inside their hometown to care for her mother, who has got early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
“We explore exactly what this means to be connected to another individual, whether or perhaps not we have to physically see an individual so that you can keep almost any relationship and just just what that shortage of real connection does,” claims Taylor. “We were really drawing that is much individual experience.”