Landscape with Weapon asks some interesting and uncomfortable questions, and ultimately proves that when it comes to morality, right and wrong are not always as clear-cut as we might like them to be.
NEWS: Joe Penhall’s play Landscape With Weapon remains as relevant as ever in OnBook’s new production at the Cockpit
A brand-new production of Joe Penhall’s brilliant 2007 play Landscape With Weapon – about the moral dilemma faced by a scientist involved in creating weapons of mass destruction – will run at London’s Cockpit Theatre from 13-18 September 2022, directed by Jason Moore and presented by OnBook Theatre.
‘A glimpse at the darker side of creative genius:’ Mood Music – The Old Vic (Online review)
It is not often that we see the messy workings of entertainment law and intellectual property that lurk behind the glossy exterior of the music industry.
‘Penhall beautifully & subtly unravels the increasing bullying behaviour’: MOOD MUSIC – Old Vic (Online review)
Covering a diverse range of issues such as passion, creativity, power and control, Mood Music has many great elements – but can feel repetitive.
‘A timely piece of writing’: MOOD MUSIC – Old Vic (Online review)
Mood Music is a timely piece of writing highlighting, as it does, questions of creativity, control, ownership, capitalism and personal well-being.
NEWS: Old Vic streams 2018 production of Joe Penhall’s Mood Music in July
In addition to its experimental #OVinCamera live staging of Lungs, the Old Vic Theatre continues its free streaming of archived productions.
Text of the Day: Mood Music
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Mood Music at The Old Vic Theatre
Joe Penhall’s play Mood Music about the music industry has officially opened at The Old Vic Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
‘Surely a candidate for best play of the year’: MOOD MUSIC – The Old Vic
Mood Music is all about the music industry and the pains of creativity. It is a powerful journey into the dark heart of music-making — and surely a candidate for best play of the year.
‘Lethally funny, memorably moving play’: MOOD MUSIC – The Old Vic ★★★★
The theatrical repertoire has a new monster: music producer-creator-arranger Bernard, created by Joe Penhall in Mood Music and brought to scorchingly memorable, sociopathically irresistible life by Ben Chaplin. Who is wonderful. Made for the part.
What’s Debbie looking forward to in May 2018?
An exciting couple of months coming up on the Fringe – this month I’m checking out Theatre N16’s new venue for a couple of shows, for one thing, and next month The Bunker Theatre will be a bit of a hotbed for new writing.
‘Fascinating examination of power in the entertainment industry’: MOOD MUSIC – The Old Vic
Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music is set in the music industry and examines the complex and tricky personalities whose deep and longstanding knowledge of how the ‘business’ works means they have become adept at manipulating every system.
‘Don’t criticise what you can’t understand’: Are critics beyond reproach?
It’s frustrating when people don’t subscribe to your point of view, but you’ve just got to deal with it. Love the things you love and support them to the hilt, just draw the line at attacking people for being different.
NEWS: Ben Chaplin replaces Rhys Ifans in new Joe Penhall play Mood Music at The Old Vic
Ben Chaplin will be taking on the role of Bernard in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music at The Old Vic, replacing Rhys Ifans who is withdrawing from the production due to family reasons.
What to see in in 2018
Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! But what’s coming up this year?
NEWS: After Scrooge, Rhys Ifans returns to Old Vic in Mood Music premiere, TICKETS ONSALE
Following his current turn as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Rhys Ifans will return to the Old Vic Theatre in the new year to star in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new stage play Mood Music, which runs from 21 April to 16 June 2018.
NEWS: Old Vic Theatre announces four new world premieres for its 200th anniversary
200 days ahead of its 200th birthday, The Old Vic today (24 October 2017) marks the launch of its bicentenary and Matthew Warchus’ third year as Artistic Director of The Old Vic with a season of world premiere productions
SUNNY AFTERNOON – Touring
Guitars, girls and great music make up this fascinating and beautifully told story of the rise of The Kinks. Sunny Afternoon is now touring following an extended, Olivier Award-winning West End season.
SUNNY AFTERNOON – Touring
One of the seminal British bands of the Sixties gets the biographical treatment at The Playhouse this week as part of a national tour in Sunny Afternoon, a show that’s several cuts above the jukebox musical you may be expecting.
Edinburgh Fringe: Some Voices
Edgy and raw, but not always consistent, Some Voices from Spearhead Theatre and New Celts at theSpace on the Mile tackles difficult subject matters with humour and humanity.
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