We'll Live & Die in These Towns brings the hits of The Enemy to the Belgrade

Posted on 30 May 2018

Coventry music star Tom Clarke is set to make his first foray into theatre this year with a brand new musical drama opening on our B2 stage next season.

Running 29 September – 20 October, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns takes The Enemy’s number one debut album of the same name as its soundtrack, with the band’s former frontman as Musical Director.

Penned by Coventry playwright Geoff Thompson, whose moving one-man show Fragile stunned Belgrade audiences in 2012, this new play follows the journey of a young musician named Argy on the cusp of breaking out into the big time.

As he prepares for a major homecoming gig that could make or break his career, Argy finds himself overcome by a sudden crisis of confidence, just hours before he’s set to take to the stage. Unable to persuade him to perform, his manager sends him off into the city, where revisiting his past helps him to make important decisions about his future.

Argy’s worked his whole life to earn his big break, but now it’s here, will he be able to face down his fears and seize the moment?

Helmed by the Belgrade’s Artistic Director Hamish Glen and designed by Patrick Connellan, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns forms part of a series of productions bearing witness to local stories as Coventry moves towards its year as City of Culture in 2021.

At a launch event at Coventry concert venue and nightclub The Empire, Tom Clarke, Geoff Thompson and Hamish Glen told audiences more about what to expect from the show.

“It’s something completely different to anything I’ve ever done before, so it’s really exciting,” said Tom.

“Part of the reason I’m so excited to be involved is because one of the main themes is overcoming anxiety, and that’s something I’ve gone through myself, early in life and later as well. It’s something that’s not really talked about, but it’s also something that a lot of people have to deal with and something that holds a lot of people back, and that’s really the point of this story arc.”

We’ll Live & Die in These Towns runs at the Belgrade Theatre 29 September – 20 October. Look out for ticket details coming soon!