BASED ON THE JOURNEY
OF MIDDLE AGE
Welcome to State Highway 48. We started the journey in 2014 and after two very successful seasons in Hamilton, we're on the road again to visit the rest of New Zealand and the world. This is a 21st century story as we track the life and times of an everyday family as they navigate the treacherous road of middle age. Changes in family, the workplace, friendships are set against the backdrop of the recession. All this combines with the black dog of depression taking the driving seat in our lead character’s life to take everyone on a journey through questioning, bad judgement, job loss, marriage break up, near suicidal depression, laughter, tears and celebration. There’s a message for everyone about recognising depression and facing up to it, communication, love, friendship and the strength of the family unit.
26 original songs bring this unique, touching and universally relevant rock opera to life. Thanks for checking in. We hope you enjoy the ride
WORDS & MUSIC / CHRIS WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR / NICK WILKINSON
MUSIC DIRECTOR / TREVOR FAVILLE
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