The Kinks’ Ray Davies pens school musical ‘Child’s Play’

Production to make its debut in London this weekend

The Kinks frontman Ray Davies has penned a school musical tracing the last 60 years of cultural and political life in the UK.

The production entitled ‘Child Play’ will see students from the John Ruskin School in Cumbria perform tracks by the singer’s former band and his solo work including ‘All Day And All Of The Night’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Dead End Street’ and ‘Do It Again’.

It is being staged at London‘s Southbank Centre for the first time tomorrow (September 4). Although the pupils will be joined by two musicians for the show Davies will not be one of them, according to BBC News.

The students will portray three couples from different social classes who deal with events ranging from the death of Princess Diana to the global financial crisis in the production.

The show will also be performed in Cumbria at a later date as part of Grizedale Arts‘ plans to revitalise the Coniston Institute, a former miners’ institute and community arts and education centre.

Earlier this summer, Davies curated the Meltdown festival which he performed at alongside Madness and Yo La Tengo.

In the past he has also composed the music for various stage productions, including ‘Chorus Girls’, ’80 Days’ and ‘Come Dancing’, based on The Kinks‘ song of the same name.