An original story, inspired and sound tracked by
the music of My Darling Clementine.
In a rundown Memphis bar, three couples tell their very different stories. The bliss and the heartbreak; desire, death and domestic horror. That long and difficult search for… The Other Half.
Song and story come together in a powerful and moving show exploring the everyday tragedies of ordinary people falling in and out of love.
Pain, loss, violence. The lifeblood of crime fiction, but also the coal-black seam that runs through the very best country music. Could these dark stories have a more appropriate soundtrack? Billingham explains,
“I’ve written a good deal about the unusual horrors that can befall people, but when you listen to these songs, you realise that everyday life contains so much powerful drama and ordinary tragedy.
I wanted to write about the fact that love can do a lot more damage than hate, and the songs of My Darling Clementine describe that perfectly, so it’s a thrill to be working with Michael and Lou. […] Let’s not forget that I’m a crime-writer though, so I may sneak a murder or two in there as well…”
The Other Half, which is approximately one hour long, features Billingham reading his story and My Darling Clementine, performing as a duo, punctuating the narrative with those songs that inspired it. After the interval, audiences will be able to enjoy a full live set from MDC.