Plays about art are all too common: we've just seen The Writer (at the Almeida) that puts the high cost of being a playwright (at least emotionally speaking) under the spotlight. There's also currently The Moderate Soprano, about the life of the real-life opera impresario who founded Glyndebourne, on at the West End's Duke of York's. And Red, a play about painter Mark Rothko, is heading to open at Wyndham's Theatre imminently. So there seems to be an endless appetite for plays... Read more
‘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.’
A play about the drama and the psychodrama of making music by the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music by Joe Penhall is directed by Roger Michell.