According to press materials, it is lyrical ride though the dark and damaged world of 1950s London, set on a Saturday night in South London's Elepant and Castle in 1956. The plot is described thus: "Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. It's pissing it down, they're totally skint, and someone wants them dead--but a little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock 'n' roll."
Bernay's previous work includes The Bread and the Beer and The Ghoul I Love.
In a press statement, playwright Bernays said, "I can't wait to bring Teddy to Southwark Playhouse – a venue which is at the vanguard of new and exciting theatre and musicals."
His musical collaborator Irvine adds, "I'm thrilled to be the composer for Teddy and to be collaborating with playwright Tristan Bernays. Tristan's a dynamic writer with a crazy gift for poetry and pace. His dress sense is also worth a song or two. Having written a few musicals now, this process has been about letting Tristan’s words shine, wrapping the music around and under them so they can burst out like little beasts onto the stage. Teddy is somewhere between a musical, a play with songs and a live gig. It'll be something different and fresh, a night out for the next generation."
Co-produced by Snapdragon Productions and Theatre Bench, Teddy is directed by Eleanor Rhode. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk