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THE BIG LIFE Book & lyrics by PAUL SIRETT Music by PAUL JOSEPH Director Clint Dyer; Décor Jenny Tiramani; Lighting Gerry Jenkinson; Sound Gareth Owen; Choreography Jason Penycooke; Musical Director Robert Hyman / Delroy Murray THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST 22 April - 22 May 2004. Revived 4 February, 2005 : Transferred to Apol- lo Theatre, London 23 May, 2005. Closed 1 October, 2005 SYNOPSIS The Big Life is a feel-good ska musical which transports the plot of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost to 1950s London. On the Windrush over from the Caribbean to England, a pact is made by a group of men not to get involved with women for three years while they work to better themselves: but Cupid has another plan. The Big Life roams through almost every conceivable emotion during its toe-tapping tale of Caribbean migrants striving for a better life in London. ORIGINAL CAST: Geoff Aymer - Reverend Lorna Brown - Mary Claudia Cadette - Kathy Tameka Empson - Mrs Aphrodite Maureen Hibbert - Zulieka Amanda Horlock - Jacqueline/Secretary Jason Pennycooke - Admiral/Eros Marcus Powell - Dennis Neil Reidman - Bernie Victor Romero-Evans - Ferdy Chris Tummings - Lennie Yaa - Sybil Libretto