‘Rhythm of Us’ was written and recorded by the show’s composer John Elliott and features guest vocals from Jack Holden and Jamie Lambert.
This brand new single released from the new play written by and performed by Jack Holden is available on all streaming platforms now and is a love note to synth-drenched 80s pop.
Talking about the news, John Elliott said: “With ‘Rhythm of Us’ I was trying to tap into that iconic mix of heartbreak and euphoria that so much of the best 80s dance floor music has. Those tunes that take loss and pain and wrap them up in delicious beats and melodies that you just can’t help but dance to. I wanted this track to have that cathartic feeling of release and celebration amidst the sorrow of losing someone. Like Michael says in the play, “Turning heartbreak and anxiety into physical liberation / That’s the power of music, that’s the power of dance!”
Playing at the Duchess Theatre from the 18th May, Cruise is based on a true story Jack Holden was told whilst volunteering for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service. Directed by by Bronagh Lagan, the play shines a light on a generation devastated by HIV and AIDs.
Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth. When Michael is diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he’s told he’ll have four years to live – at most. While he makes the most of these years, his hedonistic lifestyle takes over. On the final night, Michael wants to go out in style, but then… he survives. Now with more years to live, Michael reflects on previous decisions, working out how he wants to continue living with purpose.
The creative team for the production includes: John Elliott (Music Composer, Performer and Sound Design), , Jack Hextall (Camera and Editor), Nik Corrall (Set and Costume Design), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Design) Sarah Golding (Movement) and Max Pappenheim (Additional Sound Design).