2014 Musical Comedy Awards finalist Laurence Owen sings troublesome songs of lust and bad manners. Boundaries will be pushed. Preconceptions will be challenged. Will anyone emerge unscathed? A bookish and spiky musical lecture on humanity's basic urges. May also contain science fiction. 'Wickedly funny' (ThisIsCabaret.com). 'Fantastic guitar skills, sublime lyrics and a withering wit. Definitely one to watch' (Phil Nichol). 'Genius... A glorious shot of pure dark satire' (BroadwayBaby.com).
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Full press release
Dour-faced Musical Comedy Awards finalist Laurence Owen makes his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe festival 2014 with Lullabies of Pervland. This bookish and spiky musical lecture on humanity's baser urges will feature troublesome songs of lust, bad manners and science fiction. Boundaries will be pushed. Preconceptions will be challenged. Will anyone emerge unscathed?
Backed by the rowdy clatter of his trademark shrunken guitar, Laurence's scholarly storytelling style and wickedly dark observations come with all the blood and thunder of Nick Cave or Scott Walker, but through the eyes of someone who might once have captained the school chess club. Laurence has looked down on audiences at the likes of The Bloomsbury Theatre, Mitch Benn's Distraction Club, The Double R Club, Cafe De Paris, Soho Theatre and many more.
Lullabies of Pervland - the album featuring songs from the show including Halloween Polka and outrageous traditional American folk song Baltimore Whores will be released at the end of May 2014. Laurence will also be performing as part of The Rat Pack Comedy at the Free Sisters at 2:45pm throughout the Edinburgh Fringe.
Aside from comedy, Laurence is also an award winning soundtrack composer, creating bespoke music for film, stage and online productions. He is currently sound designer for critically-lauded multimedia theatre company '1927'. Laurence's music has been heard at Sundance Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sophia Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and Stanley Film Festival. In 2013, he won the Früh Kölsch Award for Best Music in a Short Film, at SoundTrack_Cologne 10.