Nigerian B-movies, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Disney films number among the inspirations for her piece
Following her coming of age script staged at last year's London's New Music Biennial, Klein has written a new musical called Care. “Care is a fantasy musical set in a care home,” reads the synopsis. “After a magical turn of events, the kids are transported into a world that will change their lives forever.”
Inspired by Nigerian B-movies, Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals, Disney films and TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Klein constructed Care from earworm loops, piano refrains, murky electronic, gospel and distorted vocals. Her 13-strong cast includes Lord Tusk, Jacob Samuel and BBC AZN Network members Manara and Sweyn J.
“Musicals can be intimidating and inaccessible and I want to open them up,” she declares. “It can be free and it doesn’t have to be intimidating, cheesy or plain old weird and dated. My musical brings a level of diversity not only in the way people look, but also in the mentality. There is a need for multidimensional roles to be played by people of colour and making this visible is important.”
To accompany her musical Klein has written a book illustrated by Evie O'Connor. Care will be performed at London’s ICA on 3–4 February.
Klein's 2017 Hyperdub release Tommy came third in The Wire's top 50 releases of 2017.