The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash (2017)

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

A Song Cycle

by Katie Hale & Stephen Hyde

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash tells the story of three women trapped in the suffocating bell jar of contemporary London, after the main man in their lives is killed in a train crash. An early-career marketing administrator, a wanna-be model, and a retired cabaret performer living beyond her means: they are each forced to address the latent anxieties awoken by their grief.

This is a question a lot of us find ourselves asking: when tragedy strikes, how do we process what has happened in order to move forward with the rest of our lives? In The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, it is the question that all three characters must answer.

The Inevitable Quiet review quotes

Premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017, this critically acclaimed musical featured an all female cast. The show also used contemporary jazz drumming devised through collaboration between composer Stephen Hyde and drummer Chris Cottell, to mimick the monotonous beat of the city in which these characters find themselves trapped. It was also a way of giving voice to their buried fears and anxieties, through rhythm.

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash is a collaboration between professional production company Leoe&Hyde (also producing The Marriage of Kim K at this year’s Fringe), and Oxford University-based student company, FoxTale Productions.

‘a potent and involving psychological musical’
’emotionally charged lyrics… a thing of beauty’
The Stage

‘One of the most stunning bits of new writing this year’

‘Exhilarating… the atmosphere was electric’




Anna // Emilie Finch
Sally // Amelia Gabriel
Julia // Ellen Timothy



piano // Peter Shepherd
drums // Chris Cottell
cello // Emily Hill & Susie Lyness



words // Katie Hale
music // Stephen Hyde
director // Issy Fidderman
musical director // Peter Shepherd
movement director // Nils Behling
lighting // Jennifer Hurd
sound // Nat Davies



producer // Edward Armstrong & Anya Boulton
// Katie Hale & Anya Boulton
trailer // Úna O’Sullivan



2 – 28 August
C Royale, George St, Edinburgh

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash - a new musical at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, lyrics by Katie Hale & music by Stephen Hyde