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This delightful chamber musical is based on the inspired idea of the journey of a five pound note through London over more than fifteen years. The quality of the songs and their performance elevates it above many others, and the surprising amount of story and character development it packs in makes it more than a song cycle.

The fiver starts with a busker, who becomes our narrator, and moves through shopkeepers, a homeless man and many more. Along the way we get the stories of its temporary owners, and there’s a whole fifteen year journey during the interval. Relationships form, children are born and the world goes on whilst the fiver changes hands. There’s a touch of audience involvement, which added to its charm.

Alex James Ellison, who also plays the busker, and Tom Lees, who’s both director and MD, have written something original with a fine set of songs in a diverse range of styles. In addition to Ellison, Luke Bayer, Dan Buckley, Aoife Clesman and Hiba Elchikhe play all roles, singing all of the songs superbly, accompanied by Lees’ fine band of keyboards, bass, cello and drums.

I’d previously seen a lovely show co-written by Lees, https://garethjames.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/apartment-40c also based on an inspired idea, and this has stylistic similarities. I can’t wait for the next one.

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