Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co

The Life of Us

Book by Ashleigh Taylor and Ben Bennett, Music & Lyrics by Ben Bennett

Performance and Booking Details


Performances from 16 January - 9 February 2020


  • Tues - Sat 7:30 pm
  • Sat 2:00 pm
  • Sun 3:00 pm

Running Time

Approximately 90 minutes

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Presented by 100 Coffees Productions & Neil Gooding Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Director Neil Gooding
Musical Director Nicholas Griffin
Choreographer Kyla Bartholomeusz
Lighting Designer Veronique Benett
Sound Designer David Bergman
Set & Costume Designer Lauren Peters
Orchestrator Mitchell Sloan
Stage Manager Anna Sinclair
Assistant Stage Manager Ashleigh King
Sound Operator Cass de Gooyer

Starring Ben Bennett, Ashleigh Taylor, Christian Charisiou & Pippa Grandison

The Life Of Us follows the long distance romance of Charlie and Ellie. Forced apart by circumstance, they maintain their relationship through technology, but how much connection can a person truly feel through a screen? As we watch their lives unfold and their relationships crumble, we begin to understand what we want isn’t always what we need.

The Life Of Us is a modern-day musical that looks at how we love and what it means to be connected.

Mentored by the legendary Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) The Life Of Us is Australia’s new, groundbreaking musical, with an extraordinary ability to express universal feelings of love and heartbreak into a deeply affecting and intimate musical.

With a knockout, emotionally powerful score that will hook you from the first note, this original production features the incredible talents of Ashleigh Taylor (American Idiot The Musical) and Ben Bennett (Muriels Wedding The Musical) Christian Charisiou (The Last Five Years, Cry Baby) and Pippa Grandison (Elphaba – Wicked). The Life of Us is raw, heart-wrenching, honest and appeals to anyone who is, has been, or hopes to be, in love. Don’t miss it.


This production is part of the 2011 postcode offer. Residents of 2011 can obtain half price tickets 30mins prior to performances Mon – Thurs. Subject to availability. 



“The Life of Us is a most absorbing new Australian musical.”

- Arts Hub

“Score full of killer songs and knockout performances… you will kick yourself if you aren’t one of the first to see the launch of this great new piece of Australian musician theatre”

- Australian Stage

“Spine tingling good… highly entertaining piece of theatre that gets under your skin”

- Stage Whispers

“If creating theatre which both entertains and reflects real emotions is difficult, putting a realistic approach to people’s lives, loves and troubles on stage is even more challenging. Successfully doing that in a musical is very rare indeed. The Life of Us currently at Hayes Theatre is such a thing and its homegrown”

- Reviews by Judith

“Sweet, honest and gently funny”

- Audrey Journal

“Bennett and Taylor are certainly forces to be reckoned with”

- On The Town

“The Life of Us at the Hayes Theatre in Potts Point does not disappoint. It is a wonderful addition to the portfolio of Australian written Musical theatre. Finely observed and rich with truth, it also has a score full of killer songs and knockout performances by its small but powerhouse cast”

- Australian Stage