music

This is a selection of some of Sayan’s  music, written for theatre shows, more of which can be heard on her Soundcloud page.

 

CALCUTTA KOSHER

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kali Theatre 2004 and Arcola Theatre 2012. A play by Shelley Silas set in the little known Indian Jewish community of Calcutta, two sisters return to the crumbling home of their childhood. 

 

TWO

By Jim Cartwright at the Liverpool Royal Court. This piece was at the end of the show and playout.

 

OSTRICH BOYS

Adapted by Carl Miller from the book by Keith Gray for Birmingham Young Rep, 12-18s. The story deals with a group of teenagers come to terms with the death of a friend.

Pre-show

 

ANOTHER PARADISE

A futuristic satirical comedy about a life where you are who your biometric identity card says you are, by Sayan Kent. This music is the opening sequence where the main character finds he is no longer in the system. The woman’s voice in the first part of the music is the great Eleanor Roosevelt, taken from her 1948 speech  “On the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” delivered to the United Nations on December 9, 1948.

 

ZAMEEN

Kali Theatre Company, Arts Theatre. A play by Satinder Chohan. About an ageing farmer in the cotton fields of Punjab whose family is brought to brink of collapse.

Chandni’s theme

Gecko

 

CHAOS

by Azma Dar, Birmingham Rep / Kali Theatre tour. Mr Rizvi’s dreams of a united world are thrown into turmoil by events following 9/11. Mr Rizvi loved Mozart.

Monster Mozart

End Act One

Mr Rizvi

 

SILAS MARNER

A musical adaptation by Bob Eaton & Sayan Kent from the novel by George Eliot. The beautiful story of a lonely miser who learns about love when he adopts a little girl. The musical director was John Kirkpatrick. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

“A very attractive score by Sayan Kent…the songs, mainly folk ballad in style add to the rural atmosphere of the story without ever dominating it.”  Ann Fitzgerald, The Stage

Harvest Song reprise

 

THE GOOD COMPANIONS

A musical adaptation by Bob Eaton & Sayan Kent from the novel by J.B.Priestly. The comical story of the trials and tribulations of a touring troupe of variety performers between the wars.

Originally commissioned by Peter Cheeseman for the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme 1995 and subsequently produced at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry 1998, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 2002, Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 2003

“many tuneful numbers which caught the spirit of the age splendidly” John Fox/The Stage

Slippin’ Round the Corner

This Place

 

DINOSAUR DREAMS

A children’s musical by Bob Eaton, based on A Boy Wants a Dinosaur by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura. Unicorn Theatre, London, directed by Richard Williams. Nominated for Writers’ Guild Award for best play for young People.

Opera Soap

 

SPANGLEGUTS

A Children’s play written and directed by Jonathan Petherbridge for London Bubble 2006

“Infectiously amusing songs ”David Gavan, South London Press

Maids Dance

 

COUNTRY

Book by Bob Eaton, lyrics and music by Sayan Kent and Bob Eaton. A middle-aged country duo living in Derbyshire fall out when the husband decides to sell their land to a mining company. New Victoria Theatre, Stoke directed by Bob Eaton. Mercury Theatre, Colchester directed by Pat Trueman.

“ Into this story is woven a score full of appealing tunes” John Fox, The Stage.

“ The potential is there for a seriously big hit with lovers of country music as well as those who have their doubts. I bought the cassette” Robin Thornber, The Guardian

Just Say No

M.A.R.I.A.G.E.

 

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

Adapted by Simon Williams from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. Paul Farrah Productions / Belgrade Theatre tour.

Coach journey

Watson goes to room

Butterflies and Watson on the moor

Glove and hound

 

TRUCKERS

Adapted by Bob Eaton from the novel by Terry Pratchett novel. A muliti–media piece with film and music. The nomes, a tiny little people who live happily beneath the floorboards of Arnold Bros (est 1905) department store discover their store is to be demolished and have to venture into the unknown outside. Harrogate Theatre and tour, directed by Rob Swain

“Sayan Kent’s soundtrack is attractive” Yorkshire Post Today

Lorry nest and Bobo

Thing theme and Abbot funeral

This is the store

Highway code

Going home

 

CLINGING TO THE ROCK FACE

A Physical theatre / dance poem by Heather Jeffery about a woman dealing with the realisation of her Alzheimer’s. Cockpit & Midlands Arts Centre, First Bite Festival.

Dress A

 

SOCK’EM WITH HONEY

Adapted by Bapsi Sidhwa from her own novel, The American Brat. When a Parsee girl falls for a Jewish boy, her mother turns up to try and derail the relationship. Leicester Haymarket and Kali Theatre tour, directed by Janet Steel.

 

BELLS!

by Yazmin Whittaker Khan, set the seedy world of Mujra (courtesan) clubs.  Birmingham Rep / Kali Theatre tour, directed by Poonam Brah.

 

THE PHANTOM SAUSAGE

by Bob Eaton. A musical for children. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

 

PAPER THIN

A comedy about a man who desperately needs to stay in London after his visa runs out and a woman with a flourishing business in arranged marriages, by Azma Dar. Kali Theatre tour.

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the novel by Henry James. A two hander, starring Sophie Ward and Christopher Cazenove, the soundtrack for the show was created using only the sampled voice of the actress. PW Productions and Belgrade Theatre.

 

LIMESTONE COWBOY

Book, music & lyrics by Bob Eaton & Sayan Kent. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

“Some toe-tapping original songs that keep you rocking and rolling to the end of the show” Paul Williams, Evening Telegraph.

 

A HARD RAIN

By Richard Pinner, about a community dealing with the worst floods of a generation. Royal Theatre, Northampton, community tour.

 

ALADDIN

By Sayan Kent & Bob Eaton, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

 

DICK WHITTINGTON

By Sayan Kent & Bob Eaton, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

 

MOTHER GOOSE

By Sayan Kent & Bob Eaton, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

 

CINDERELLA

by Iain Lauchlan & Will Brenton, lyrics Bob Eaton and Sayan Kent. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 1997, Roses Theatre, Tewksbury 1998.

“compelling songs from Bob Eaton & Sayan Kent” Leicester Mercury

 

HOT DORIS THE MUSICAL

by Brendan Murray & The Hot Doris Band. Oval House Theatre.

“a beautiful crunchy harmony section in the song EASY”  Sarah Moore, Spare Rib

 

BLOODY ELEKTRA

by Michael Crompton, lyrics Michael Crompton and Sayan Kent. Oval House and Albany Empire, London

“…lunatic, luscious, liberating… the music is an irreverent but tunefully compelling hybrid owing much to’50s rock’n’roll, Weill and Lloyd Webber…” Ann McFerran, Time Out

 

72 DAYS

by V.T.Simpson. Set in the Paris Commune of 1871 a family is torn apart by their beliefs. The Oval House &Tom Allen Centre

“There is no denying the strong tunes and lyrics.” Claire Armistead, Financial Times

“The music, simple and strongly melodious” Paul Lewenstein, Morning Star

“Strong on lyrics and melody” Stephany Buckler, Lewisham Mercury

 

THE COMMON CHORUS

by Tony Harrison. Songs for 3rd year production at Staffordshire University.

 

FACTORY FOLLIES

Co-writer lyrics. Music with Colin Sell & Juliet Hill, Croydon Warehouse Theatre