Notes & Reviews:
Salad Days was commissioend in February 1954, by Denis Carey, at the time Director of the Bristol Old Vic. Julian Slade was the resident composer there, and Dorothy Reynolds one of the leading acresses. It is a summer story set in London during a heat wave. Timothy and Jane, on leaving their University, are beset by their parents - that she should marry well, that he should choose a career, following in the footsteps of one of his influential uncles. The two meet in the park, and decide to simplify life by marrying each other and taking the first job that comes along. The job falls easily into their hands, for they meet a Tramp, who offers them seven pounds a week to look after his old street piano for a period of one month. They discover that the piano has the power to make all who hear it dance. They take it over with enthusiasm and very soon have the whole town...from street urchins to policement and Bishops...dancing to its tune.
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Works DetailsSlade, Julian : Salad Days, musical
- Performers: Robert Docker (Piano); Edward Rubach (Piano)
- Running Time: 37 min. 49 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary