We’re Gonna Die

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We’re Gonna Die

New York playwright and singer Young Jean Lee presents the London premiere of her pop cabaret-cum theatre show ‘We’re Gonna Die’. Lee performs monologues as well as sings with her band Future Wife, having also written the piece, which is about the inevitablity of death. David Byrne, who appears on the recorded version, delivers guest vocals as the play spins between monologues and surprisingly uplifting and beautifully melodic songs performed by Lee’s band Future Wife. Crushing existential dread never sounded this euphoric.

Part of David Byrne’s Meltdown festival

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Ben
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This was a real unexpected treat.  Like (I assume) most people in the audience, I booked tickets to see David Byrne performing live during his Meltdown residency but the play/performance/show itself was an absolute joy - Young Jean Lee was such an engaging performer that the Byrne-fronted songs intersecting her spoken-word almost felt like they were getting in the way (although that's doing the excellent songs and Byrne's majestic singing an obvious disservice)


The final "We're Gonna Die" song made me blub like a baby but in a totally life-affirming way; everything will be ok.  Go see this before it ends, it's short but oh so sweet - I came out a better person.