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Kele Okereke soundtracks new play to debut in London next year

By | Published on Wednesday 5 September 2018

Kele Okereke

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and composer Matt Jones have written the soundtrack for a new play called ‘Leave To Remain’. The show is set to debut at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre early next year.

According to the blurb, the play tells the “remarkable story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future [and] explores the effects of one couple’s marriage, and what happens when it begins to fracture both their families”.

Of his work on the music for the show, Okereke says: “‘Leave To Remain’ is the story of what happens when a marriage forces two very different families to come together. For the music for this project I took cues from the records that my parents would play in our house when I was growing up, West African high-life music, and I tried to combine those sounds with the electronic dance music I hear in clubs today. It was important to me to make something that represented the meeting of two very different worlds”.

The show will run at the Lyric from 18 Jan to 16 Feb next year. A song from it, ‘Not The Drugs Talking’, is available to listen to now: