The Mozart Question, a virtuosic monologue based on former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s 2007 children’s book, comes to Camden Fringe in a regendered production, running from 13 to 18 August 2019 at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Time to get booking!
The Mozart Question is a story of family, recovery from tragedy, and childhood discovery of music. The great violinist Paola Levi tells the story of discovering her talent, and how, at the same time, she learned the way that her parents escaped the holocaust.
The story unfolds as we also hear, played live, some of the music that influenced her life.
In Michael Morpurgo‘s novel, and Simon Reade‘s original stage adaptation, the violinist was male: Paolo Levi. Here, the role has been re-gendered as Paula is performed by actor-musician Oliva Wormald, making her professional debut and playing an instrument that is likely a holocaust survivor itself. Made in about 1910 and inscribed with a Star of David, Olivia’s violin provides a tangible connection to the events in Morpurgo’s story.
The Mozart Question was first staged by Scamp Theatre in 2009 at the Edinburgh Fringe at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, London and on tour. Earlier this year, it received a special reading, narrated by Morpurgo himself, at Chichester Festival Theatre.
This new production at Camden Fringe is directed by Lata Nobes and produced by Lucia Cox.
A tale sensitively and honestly told, suitable for families, the team hope to introduce audiences to the story and to the beautiful music Paula loves. Music extracts include: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Summer and Winter; Bach’s Violin Sonata No.1 in G Minor (adagio); Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major.
Olivia Wormald trained as an Actor-Musician at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts primarily on Violin/Viola. Theatre whilst training includes Gower in Pericles, Billie in Our House, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dead Dog in a Suitcase and The Music Man. Workshops include The Throwaways (The Other Palace). The Mozart Question marks Olivia’s professional debut.
Lata Nobes is a British/Indian theatre director with a particular interest in children’s and conflict theatre. Her previous work includes Not About Heroes at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Richard III at the Gatehouse at the Camden Fringe 2018, As well as assisting on Salome with Lazarus Theatre at Greenwich this year. Alongside The Mozart Question, Lata is working on a piece of new writing, No Other Man’s Land, to run later this year.
Lucia Cox is a writer, producer and director. Her theatre company, House of Orphans, has produced work for the 24:7 Theatre Festival and Replay Festival. It has also been nominated for an MTA and been selected for the prestigious Brits Off-Broadway 2015. Lucia is the theatre editor for Northern Soul and writes for BBC Learning. She is a regular workshop leader for theatre-based projects at HOME.
As part of this year’s Camden Fringe, The Mozart Question runs from 13 to 18 August 2019 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 1 North Road, Highgate, London N6 4BD with performances at 7pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8.45pm on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday at 6.45pm. Tickets are priced £10-12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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