It is the year 3,000,458,000 BC. Living deep within the murk is the world’s very first life-form. Behold, The Yeasts!
With food growing scarce and resources dwindling, The Yeasts are forced to stay true to The Strictures enshrined in law. But when one Yeast decides to break the rules and seek new possibilities, a new emotion changes all they have ever known….love.
Urinetown creators Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann and cult director Benji Sperring (The Toxic Avenger: The Musical, Shock Treatment, Night of the Living Dead: Live) take you on a journey to the bottom of the sea to answer that burning question that musical theatre lovers and sceptics alike have been asking since the dawn of time: what would a musicalised story about the first single-celled organisms sound like?
Part classic Greek drama, part bio-historical comedy musical, part bizarre fever dream, and all unique theatre experience, Yeast Nation shows that no matter your size, you have to dream big.
Join Jan the Elder, Jan the Wise, Jan the Second, Jan the Sweet, Jan the Sly, Jan the – you get the idea, there are literally billions of them – this July at Southwark playhouse. Brilliant, bonkers, and brimming with brio, Yeast Nation is here to show you no matter your size, anyone can change the world
Featuring numbers including “Stasis is the Membrane”, “Burning Soul”, and “You’re Not The Yeast You Used To Be”, the question on everyone’s lips is: Dear God why are you doing a show about Yeast? But the second, more important question is: Will the Yeast rise, or will it be a Yeasticide?
Age Recommendation: 11+
Please note that there is audience interaction in Yeast Nation, particularly in rows A and B
Inventive, risk-taking, audacious
Punchy and vibrant
Bizarre and seriously funny new musical
The production feels out of place in this house
Phenomenal energy, talent and commitment displayed by the entire cast
There is no lack of commitment from the performers
Fails to rise to the occasion