Benny and the Greycats

Madras Jazz Group

Benny and the Greycats is a personal and urgent new show that brings together theatre with jazz, 60s pop and contemporary composition to create a unique performance experience that connects the sounds and atmosphere of the industrial steel city of Sheffield with the landscapes and railways of South India.

This is a migration story inspired by Suzanne Gorman’s own family history and sheds light on the often overlooked Anglo-Indian community.

After playing in a swing band in Madras (now Chennai), three Anglo-Indian brothers come to Sheffield in the 1960s and attempt to make it in an unexpectedly hostile music industry. Their journey unleashes themes of migration, work, conflicting communities, mental health and the legacy of colonialism.

Originally developed through the Open Lab at Barbican with acclaimed composer Arun Ghosh and supported by award winning writer and dramaturg Paul Sirett our next stage of development will be a week’s residency at Sheffield Theatres in Spring 2019.

 

Images from Barbican Open Lab