A note from the creator: Jye Bryant
October 27, 2020
What things can’t we tell those we love and for what reasons? Is it because we want to protect their feelings or avoid the consequences of telling the truth? Why do we all leave certain chapters ‘unpublished’? These are some of the questions I was pondering when I started writing The Things I Could Never Tell Steven in 2012. I had always wanted to write an intimate, one-act musical with a small-cast and minimalist-set, so when the title randomly came to me one afternoon I knew I had to explore it further.
We often hear it said that ‘what you don’t know can’t hurt you’ but that’s not always the case, for sometimes the very things we don’t know are the very things that go on to destroy us. But is withholding information really that bad? I mean, is carefully selecting which truths we share really even considered lying? And after all, aren’t we entitled to a little mystery? As a songwriter with a penchant for armchair philosophy, The Things I Could Never Tell Steven is my answer to these questions.
After several workshops in 2014, The Things I Could Never Tell Steven premiered at King Street Theatre in 2015. It’s success prompted the 2017 return season as well as highlights from the show being performed in a new musicals showcase on London’s West End in 2016 and New York in early 2017. Since then it has been produced in Brisbane, County Cork (Ireland), Belfast and Newry (Northern Island).
I hope you enjoy watching The Things I Could Never Tell Steven as much as I enjoyed creating it!
The Things I Could Never Tell Steven
7 – 14 November
Jye Bryant is a Sydney-based, Australian Musical Theatre Composer, lyricist, producer and author with a passion for theatre, education and social justice. Using a combination of witty lyrics and hummable melodies, his work aims to inspire positive social change through a unique blend of entertainment and education.
Jye Bryant’s compositions are performed regularly on cabaret circuits, where he has gained popularity as the composer of choice for many high profile international artists. In 2018, Jye released his book, Writing & Staging A New Musical – A Handbook, aimed at supporting writers and producers to get their work out into the theatre world. Although Jye Bryant trained as a Secondary School Music Teacher, he has spent most of his adult life as a Youth Worker and Adult Educator using his diverse skill set to better the lives of children and young people. Some of his work to date includes: The Things I Could Never Tell Steven (2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019), In God We Crust (2019), Sempre Libera (2019), The Oldest Profession (2016), The Velveteen Rabbit (2013), In Bed With Jye (& Friends) (2012), Rainbow Tears (2007), Aladdin Goes To Africa (2007), Peter Pan (2006), Cinderella Meets Her Prince (2005), Sleeping Beautifully (2004) and many more.