Jacob Western wants to make music, but he also wants to make... it. His golden ticket to fame is provided on a silver platter by a major record producer, and his rise is glorious. His face is on a range of ethical soap, his twitter page is followed by the pope, his music is the new big thing. But it comes at a price. Jake must let himself be turned into a brand and be milked for all he’s worth. In the process he forgets himself and puts his trust in this surface world of fame. But fame is a fickle lover, the golden ticket is gilded, and Jacob must learn to face the music.
'Jake's Progress' is a searingly satirical and sharply hilarious piece of new-writing by writer Richard O'Brien, accompanied by original music by Matt Kennedy. 'Based upon Hogarth's series of paintings 'The Rake's Progress,' which examine fashion, corruption, and God-damn idiocy, and taking inspiration from grotesque Jacobean stereotypes and the image of London as a graveyard of naïve hopes, it is musical theatre as never seen before. Taking place in a self-consciously theatrical, Brechtian world, 'Jake's Progress' ruminates on modern consumerist musical culture, critiques our own follies, and above all makes us laugh.