The Life of Us


Hayes Theatre Co

16th Jan - 9th Feb, 2020

The Life of Us

Music and Lyrics by Ben Bennett 

Book by Ashleigh Taylor and Ben Bennett 

Orchestrated by Mitchell Sloan 

To kick off Hayes Theatre Co's 2020 season, 100 Coffees Productions and Neil Gooding Productions are thrilled to announce the World Premiere of the new musical, The Life of Us. Directed by Neil Gooding, this modern-day musical written by Ashleigh Taylor, composed and written by Ben Bennett and mentored by the legendary Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), is being performed at Hayes Theatre Co from 16 January 2020.

The Life of Us follows the long-distance romance of Charlie and Ellie. Forced apart by circumstance, they maintain their relationship through technology, but how much connection can a person truly feel through a screen? As we watch their lives unfold and their relationships crumble, we begin to understand what we want isn't always what we need. The Life of Us is a modern-day musical that looks at how we love and what it means to be connected.

This original production features the outstanding talents of Ashleigh Taylor (American Idiot, Grease The Arena Spectacular) Ben Bennett (Muriel's Wedding, American Idiot), Toby Francis (Kinky Boots, High Fidelity) and Pippa Grandison (Muriel's Wedding, Georgy Girl). Musical Direction will be by Nicholas Griffin, Choreography by Kyla Bartholomeusz, Set and Costume by Lauren Peters and Sound Design by David Bergman.

The Life of Us is Australia's new, ground-breaking musical with the extraordinary ability to express universal feelings of love and heartbreak within a deeply affecting and intimate musical. With a knockout, emotionally powerful score that will hook you from the first note, this original production is raw, heart-wrenching and honest. If you are, have been, or hope to be in love, this show is for you.


"Score full of killer songs and knockout performances... you will kick yourself if you aren't one of the first to see the launch of this great new piece of Australian musician theatre"

"Spine tingling good... A highly entertaining piece of theatre that gets under your skin" - STAGE WHISPERS

"This is a show packaged for a long life" - TIMEOUT

"If creating theatre which both entertains and reflects real emotions is difficult, putting a realistic approach to people's lives, loves and troubles on stage is even more challenging. Successfully doing that in a musical is very rare indeed. The Life of Us currently at Hayes Theatre is such a thing and its homegrown" - REVIEWS BY JUDITH 

"Sweet, honest, and gently funny" - AUDREY JOURNAL

"⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Bennett and Taylor are certainly forces to be reckoned with" - THEATRE NOW

"It is a highly entertaining piece of theatre which gets under your skin" - STAGE WHISPERS

"The Life of Us at the Hayes Theatre in Potts Point does not disappoint. It is a wonderful addition to the portfolio of Australian written Musical theatre. Finely observed and rich with truth, it also has a score full of killer songs and knockout performances by its small but powerhouse cast" - AUSTRALIAN STAGE 

Original Cast

Ashleigh Taylor

Ben Bennett

Christian Charisiou

Pippa Grandison

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