Arts of the UK 2020: Everything is Absolutely Fine by House of Blakewell
LONDON – From the makers of Thor and Loki and We Can Make You Happy, House of Blakewell presents a brand-new comedy musical about anxiety disorders, caring, and trying to keep going, Everything is Absolutely Fine is a hilarious and heartwarming new musical about what it’s like to be human and to struggle.
Alice is making a fresh start. She has moved out of the big city to a small town with a job she loves as an Occupational Therapist. She is going to be a new woman: cool, calm, and free. But her old friend Anxiety has other ideas… How do you make friends when even choosing what to have for dinner fills you with dread and self-doubt? What do you do when it all gets too much?
Creator Alice Keedwell says: “We want to explore everyday human struggles and how anxiety can affect every little thing in life. Also, the impact that trying to hide how you feel can have. We want to create a show that brings people together to share in our vulnerabilities, to continue talking openly about mental health issues and to remember the importance of small acts of kindness and how important they can be to someone.”
Simon Haines will be joining Alice Keedwell as a cast member. This will be the first House of Blakewell show performed without long term collaborator Harry Blake, who still provided music and lyrics for the production, and devised and performed early developmental and devising stages of the project.
Said Simon: “I’m thrilled to be joining such a lovely and talented team, working on this smart, funny, insightful show. It’s hilarious but also touching. It’s about something that affects all of us at some stage in our lives — our mental health. Alice’s script has so much to say that will resonate with people and make them laugh and squirm and then laugh again. And if you’re anything like me, it will really open your eyes to the way you talk to yourself – that ongoing inner dialogue that’s always ticking away. I can’t wait to start rehearsals.”
Harry Blake and Alice Keedwell are House of Blakewell. House of Blakewell made their debut at Soho Theatre in May 2012 and took home the Craig Barbour Award for Songwriting. In 2014, their hit House Party began life with a sold-out run at VAULT Festival, before touring to RichMix, Brighton Fringe, Latitude, and Bestival. They have also delighted audiences at Leicester Square Theatre, Edinburgh Underbelly, the King’s Head, Theatre503, The Yard Theatre, and the Musical Comedy Awards with their unique blend of topical, eighty-three-percent-original show tunes, arias, power ballads, and more. Their unique personal juxtaposition of sparky optimism and Eeyorish nihilism has become a cornerstone of previous shows such as Thor and Loki, We Can Make You Happy, and Book of Blakewell. House of Blakewell are excited to be pushing the boundaries of new British musical theatre once more. Everything Is Absolutely Fine is a new musical written by Alice Keedwell, with music and lyrics by Harry Blake, exploring Alice’s experiences with anxiety.
Originally planned for a live tour from April 2020, the production is now being live streamed because of COVID-19 restrictions.. A Vimeo link to the live stream will be shared via the venue the audience member books with. Producer Hannah Elsy says ‘I am delighted that we are able to share Everything Is Absolutely Fine with audiences, despite Covid-19. I feel extremely positive about using live streaming to distribute the show via our virtual tour venues, and to continue to bring new musical theatre into the world’.
Everything Is Absolutely Fine will be on tour online. For more information, visit their website here