Welcome to the Café L'Arte the musical page

Have you ever had one hour that changed your life?
We are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe from Monday 7th August till Friday the 11th of August
Click here for our listing on the Edfringe website

Our local shows are on Thursday the 20th of July 2023. Buy tickets here

Café L’Arté is a brand new immersive musical set in real time in a real coffee shop. For 5 years Emily has run the shop on her own since losing the love of her life to the Afghanistan conflict. She has had to shelve plans they shared of starting a theatre company. One day a customer walks in and asks if he can add his business card to the notice board. Emily is amused by his job description of ‘Psychic Songwriter’. After initially dismissing such nonsense she finds, in the next hour, that her life has been changed for the better forever.

Below is our 2023 cast

Emily - Elisa Scarito
Emily had plans to sell her coffee shop and follow her dream by making a living out of songwriting and singing. Only problem is that she doesn't believe in her talent. Tom, her partner gave her belief in herself bad sadly he lost his life while on a military tour in Afghanistan.

Personality: Emily is a kind and caring person. Though clever lacks the confidence to take a risk for fear of failure.

Songs: What’s it to you (backing)
Stronger Now (backing)
Don’t say another word (Solo backing)
The Journey (backing)
In Your Eyes (backing)
I Turn to You (backing)
I Believe in You (Lead)
Until today (Lead)
Your life is in your hands (backing)

Robby - Emily Darling
Robby is Emily’s Employee. She's worked at Café L'Arté for a long while, a devoted and great employee and yet Emily feels that she doesn't know the real Robby.

Personality: Consciencious to a fault, Robby is a little scatty, clumbsy, often late but otherwise always dependable and kind.

Songs: What’s it to you (backing)
Stronger Now (Backing)
Robby’s song (Lead)

Don’t say another word (Solo backing)
The Journey (Joint lead)
In Your Eyes (backing)
I Turn to You (backing)
I Believe in You (backing)
Your life is in your hands (Lead)

Joseph Cross - Joe Creaser
The mysterious man who turns up at Emily's coffee shop declaring that he's a Psychic Songwriter & Healer.

Personality: Very clever in an unusual way. However, he is, at least in part, fabricating this personality to achieve a result.

Debbie - Jamila Clare
Debbie has had a very stressful day at work and is coming to meet her boyfriend ahead of their holiday which she can't wait for.

Personality: Emily is a no nonsense person. Caring and supporting but doesn't suffer fools glady. Her outer personality is one of confidence and strength but underneath she's very emotional.

Songs: Backing on most of the songs
Stronger Now (Lead)

Julia - Eden Gates
Julia is a victim of domestic abuse. She left her previous very safe but unexciting relationship for an unpreditcable but exciting one.

Personality: Previously confident and a bit of a thrill seeker but recent events have changed her from the former bubbly self to the subdued fearful person she has now become.

Songs: Backing on most of the songs
In Your Eyes (Lead)
I Turn to You (Lead)

Karl - Charlie White
Julia’s boyfriend. Lot's of charm, edge but more weaknesses and excesses than we can mention.

Personality: A charmer but self obsessed. Fluctuates from bad boy to loving charmer on an ongoing basis.

Role requirements: Strong rapping and acting.

Playing age: 18 - 25.

Songs: In Your Eyes (Lead rapper)

Laura (The daughter) - Saffron Hunter
Laura is worried about what her dad has to say to her. She is very arty and so different to the rest of the family. In fact, in her experience, she's so different to most people.

Personality: Laura's always suffered from being quite different to her peers and yet she solidiers on being true to herself. She doesn't want to compromise her authentic self.

Songs: What's it to you (Lead)

Davina - Eden Gates
Davina has had a traumatic day. She was shown up in front of work colleagues by an inconsiderate boss which has triggered her inferiority complex. She doesn't feel like talking, nor does she want to listen to advice. All she wants is a reassuring hug to make her feel loved.

Personality: She's a wonderful warm hearted person but too a fault. For the most part putting other's needs before hers she's easy prey for the controlling friend type, bully's or non empathic people in authority.Songs: Don't Say Another Word (Lead)

The Writer - Lucas Greenwood
The Writer tends to get inspired by writing in coffee shops but for the last few weeks has been suffering severe writers block.

Personality: Perfectionist who truly suffers for his art. Very talented but his self critisim, though it pushes him to greater heights, really doesn't do his mental health any good.

Songs: The Writer (Lead)

Alfie - Erin Clarke
Alfie has arranged a meeting with his girlfriend. They are due to go on holiday however he increasingly realises that it's not working. He still can't get over his previous girlfriend who dumped him for another and he feels it's not fair to his current girlfriend.

Personality: Very conscientious and just wants to settle down to a simple existence with a woman and family that he can devote himself too.

The Dad - Francesco Scarito
Takes his daughter into Café L'Arté for a coffee and a chat about planning her future. He's concerned that her idea of career is a bit fluffy

Personality: He's done well in business. Strong, reliable and a very rational thinker.

Jeanette - Jamila Clare
Jeanette is the founder of a bereavement charity. She's done a lot of wonderful work that's helped so many but has experienced a number of errors recently that has cost the charity.

Personality: Jeanette's purpose in life is to help others but suffers from imposter syndrome so her confidence is knocked very easily.

Songs: Backing on most songs
The Journey (Joint Lead)


Antonio - Charlie White
Antonio is Davina's friend. He & Davina are two opposing side of the same coin. Both driven by insecurities but while she is timid he is loud and a pure chatterbox. On this day Antonio has had a day that has massaged his ego unlike, as he's about to find out, Davina's.

Personality: As mentioned above Antonio is insecure and it comes out as a chatterbox. He doesn't cope well with silences when he's with people so is compelled to fill in the gaps.

Tony - Lucas Greenwood
Charity Co Founder

Personality: He's Top guy who helps people both with the charity but in life in general too. Very little, if any, ego.


Of course we are performing in Edingburgh from the 6th (first date is tech till the 11th)
Here's out listing:-


Taster session

Tuesday 8 August at 3.30pm on the mound in Edinburgh

Songs being performed

The Journey 2
Don't say another word - 2
Robby's Song 2
Writer 3



We are also performing locally at Kilning Me Softly in Newport Pagnell on the following:-
7.30pm Monday 31st July 2023
Kilning Me Softly
32a High Street
Newport Pagnell MK16 8AQ

Buy tickets for the Newport Pagnell performance by clicking here or the photo above

To buy tickets go to the reward section and select the 7.30pm performance. 
Please note, there won't be a physical ticket, once purchased you will be on the entrance list at the door

Kilning Me Softly is a coffee shop/Make your own artistic pottery shop. It's on the high street. Parking is limited on the high street itself but there is plenty of free parking near by


After our first performance we got some great feedback including the quotes below so don’t miss this opportunity to see it locally:-
Brilliant! 👏🏻 Such a talented group of young people! Captures the raw emotions so well in immersive theatre 💕
Mandy Legg - Milton Keynes Mayoress
Through some incredible and powerful performances, I forgot I was an audience member. The acting, singing, music and choreography were amazing you should be so proud of your achievements.
It was a truly fabulous performance. Totally blown away by the talent and voices 😊
Great performance,amazing talent I was almost brought to tears 😭 at one point.
I’ve just got home from the first performance of ‘Cafe Latte’. All I can say is how can one little local arts school have so much talent??!! I couldn’t get many photos as I had my small granddaughter sitting on my lap so apologies for those missed. There are a few ‘outside’ performers in this production ( adults and teens that don’t attend Crescendo) that were brilliant. Emily, Joe, Lucas, Jamila, Erin you were all outstanding in your roles. Emily’s comedic performance was both amusing and quite touching at times. Jamila played two roles and carried off both with conviction. Erin’s role had me thinking her character was not a particularly nice person in her first scene but as the story unfolded ‘Alfie’ emerged as a kind, gentle saviour of Julia. Joe and Lucas were thrust into new roles a few hours before the first performance tonight and were amazing. Crescendo students and staff also faced unexpected challenges, the two principals of Crescendo Frank and Sian were both cast in roles tonight that are not usually theirs. Frank, great job. Sian lost her voice and had to stand down. Crescendo student teacher Elisa played the main female role and gave an excellent performance as the grieving Emily. The three youngest cast members Charlie, Saffron and Eden all gave very convincing performances. Saffron was brilliant as a stroppy determined teen daughter. Charlie played two roles Karl and Antonio, one an abusive bully the other the polar opposite and he carried both roles brilliantly, I wanted to hug him as Antonio and punch him as Karl! Eden was cast as Davina, Antonio’s girl friend that was lacking in confidence in herself and played the part beautifully. Tonight Eden stepped into Sian’s role of Julia as Sian had had to step down. Julia is a victim of Karl’s domestic abuse. Edens portrayal of an abuse victim was so real that some members of the audience actually gasped at times. Some were moved to tears and a couple actually said they wanted to intervene and had to remind themselves they were watching a performance. Every single performer tonight shone, the acting was believable, the singing voices of all the cast were beautiful. Excellent script Frank. Well done to everyone but special mention to the two hard working Crescendo owners Frank and Sian. Good luck in Edinburgh!



We are fundraising via local shows but also via a deal we've made with Milk & Beans Coffee Roaster to sell our very own labelled coffee. See image below:-

Our Crowdfunder page is now live. Please share far and wide
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We will be selling this at our local performances but primarily via our crowdfunder page and all profits will go to Café L'Arté.
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How to use this workshop site

👈🏻 • Click the buttons on either side to go directly to characters or sections. 👉🏻

• When you go to the characters you get info about them. You also get which songs they sing (if any) and if you click on the songs it takes you directly to the song in the script where you get the lyrics and audio of the song. If there is a second audio that will be a backing track of the song that you can rehearse to.

• At the bottom of each charachter you get a link that takes you directly to their audition piece.

• If you click the song button on the left hand side you go straight to the song list of all 11 songs. If you click on the song your are taken to the part of the script that the song lyrics/audio appear.

Café L'Arté Song List

1 What’s it to you Daughter with cast backing

2 Stronger Now Debbie with cast backing

3 The Writer The Writer

4 Robby’s song Robby

5 Don’t say another word Davina with cast backing

6 The Journey Jeannette, Robby, Tony & with cast backing

7 In Your Eyes Karl and Julia with cast backing

8 I Turn to You Julia with cast backing

9 I Believe in You Emily with cast backing

10 Until today Emily



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