PERFORMER PLAYLIST – Brady Isaacs Pearce

The Lockdown Edition

Welcome to our new series ‘Performer Playlist’ where performers from across all areas of theatre and live entertainment share with us the five songs that are currently helping them get through Lockdown/Isolation. Each performer will share with us their thoughts on each song and why it means so much to them, they will also share with us a unique cover version of one of the five selected songs performed in any style they wish.

Today’s playlist comes from Brady Issacs Pearce. Beginning her professional career at the early age of 10, Brady was cast as Young Eponine in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary International Tour. She then went on to train full time at The Brit School on the Musical Theatre Course before becoming a part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Bridge Theatre Company where she was involved in the creative process and the original cast of new British musical The Sandman (Southwark Playhouse). She also played the role of Tori in several workshops and performances of The Phase(The Other Palace). During her time at The Brit School, Brady has taken part in multiple west end concerts such as West End Live Lounge (The Other Palace), Mousetrap Theatre Awards (Charing Cross Theatre), West End Women (Cadogan Hall) and most recently Roles We’ll Never Play (Union Theatre).

Brady’s Performer Playlist

South London Forever – Florence and the Machine
So my first choice is my favourite summer song! Spending my summer days at The Brit School for three years, I would listen to this song as I made the journey into Selhurst. It brought so much joy to my journey, one that could sometimes take over two hours thanks to the trusty southern rail. A personal highlight is also the way in which the light would shine through the train windows, highlighting the glorious build-up of dust it managed to accumulate throughout rush hour. I definitely do not miss that. The lyrics really take me back to the thrill and feeling of freedom from being surrounded by a community of like-minded artists. My mum and I have listened to Florence and the Machine’s music for years and I’ve always been so inspired by not only the lyrics but the detail in the music to really bring it to life. I listen to her songs, and then I listen again.

Happy Days/ Get Happy- Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand
Everything about this is GOLDEN. These two women alone are the hugest sources of inspiration for me personally growing up and now moving forward in my career. Watching them come together, both at different points in their career, with a matching love for what they do is simply joyful. This duet feels like a true celebration not only of the arts but also a celebration of the trials and tribulations of life.

Signal – Online showcase
This is a SLIGHT cheat answer BUT just stay with me on this one, I promise it will be worth it. In this challenging time, there is no denying that the fate of theatre and our precious industry is hugely at risk. However, there is a certain spark in this darkness that is burning particularly brightly. Founded in 2017 by Adam Lenson, SIGNAL is a concert series dedicated to celebrating and showcasing new writing whilst providing a safe platform and a space for creatives to connect. More recently, these events are now being held online. This is something I have been watching/listening to RELIGIOUSLY whilst we have been in lockdown and gives a glimpse of an exciting future of new work and musicals. – you can watch Signal by clicking here

Another Life – Bridges of Madison County
I will never forgive myself for missing out on the Trevor Nunn directed run of Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory in July last year. This song has been the accompaniment to my daily wanderings through the woods. Composed by Jason Robert Brown, there is something so stunningly delicate about this song, that just listening to it usually results in listening to the whole cast recording… and subsequently getting lost on my walk.

My Mind- YEBBA
I think this song is relatable for so many and even more so in the current pandemic. Being stuck at home alone and able to get lost in our own thoughts can feel scary and overwhelming. Yebba writes and sings the song in such a way that portrays this exactly. If you are feeling the blues and just need some time to sit with it, I thought I would cover this song just to make that a little bit easier.

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