A musical about Yeast, by the minds that brought you Urinetown.
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?
Suitable for ages 7+.
Please note that there is audience interaction in Yeast Nation, particularly in rows A and B.
Musical Director and Arranger
Jimmy Walters for Proud Haddock
Benji Sperring for Benji Sperring Productions
Stephen Lewis Johnston
Calling all Jans (or Janes, Janets, Janices… you get the idea)! A pair of front row tickets are being held for every performance of Yeast Nation, which can be claimed for free by anyone who goes by the name of Jan.*
The Office of National Statistics records show no names beginning with JAN have featured in the top 100 names of new babies for many years now, and as a show featuring a cast of characters exclusively called Jan, Yeast Nation is concerned they aren’t getting the love and respect they need to thrive – and thus the National Campaign for the Protection of Jans was born.
To claim these tickets please fill out the form at the link below, including a proof of name. a proof of name (Passport, Driving Licence, Tesco Clubcard etc).
Small print: This offer is strictly limited to two front row tickets per performance and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Once the Jan seats are gone, they’re gone. Only one member of the pair need be called Jan*, although two Jans together are very welcome.
*or any name starting with Jan.
Production Photos by Claire Bilyard
Rehearsal Photos by Peter Langdown