Mood Music

Old Vic

Mood Music

21 Apr 2018 - 20 Jun 2018

£25.00 - £98.00

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12 reviews

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Music is medication. The elixir of life. It’s for injecting into the blood stream to take away the pain… to promote euphoria… to adrenalise us and give us courage and fortitude.

In an expensive London recording studio two songwriters, their lawyers and their psychotherapists go to battle over music.

I’m not saying he’s a sociopath. I’m just saying you find a lot of damaged people are drawn to the music industry. Lack of empathy, raging narcissism, grandiose egocentricity is expected of them.

The world premiere of a new play about the drama and the psychodrama of making music.

Rhys Ifans has withdrawn from the lead role.


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“Gets a shot in the arm from its brilliant cast... One of the paciest and most thrilling opening scenes I’ve ever seen.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Subtle and fascinating exploration of the clash between creativity and commercialism... Quietly gripping.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Michell, one of the most subtle and patient of directors, makes much of the action extraordinarily telling.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Infinitely more than a loaded conflict over intellectual property... helps to dent the myth of the solo creator.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Penhall’s forceful new play explores the vexed relationship between commercialism and creativity.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Hundreds of wonderful lines... A lethally funny, memorably moving, elegantly threaded play. Wince and marvel.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A zeitgeisty psychodrama... Taut, zingy production... #MeToo resonances are pretty apparent... Chaplin: phenomenal.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“A sour and bitter exposé of the music industry distilled down to a battle of wills over intellectual copyright.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Overlapping scenes that point to both the connections and contrasts between Bernard and Cat... full of pungent observations.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“An ingenious theatrical riff on the themes of creative control in the music industry and gender inequality.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“A bit circular and repetitive... Penhall's writing is so agile in its free-form structure that it is also constantly gripping.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Needs more darkness and visceral conflict, though it’s still worth seeing for Chaplin’s charismatic performance.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

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