Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to writer Kieran Hurley about Mouthpiece, playing at the Soho Theatre from 2 April 2019.
There is much to admire about the staging of Mouthpiece at the Traverse, and even more about how it is acted. In the end, however, the play tantalises rather than delivers.
That was about the end of the world. This is about being watched, being revolutionary and being in the firing line. It’s also about pushing that button, the big red one that destroys lives in the name of national security.
Taken a little time to get here but Kieran Hurley’s 2016 Edinburgh Fringe hit (part of their Made in Scotland showcase 2016) absolutely nails the zeitgeist of our times. With his nervy, urgent, hectic delivery, Hurley’s deeply dystopian take on our world today is a visceral and aural bombardment that is nonetheless told with amazing simplicity.
This is a story about the end of the world. It begins and ends the same way…with a breath. At least as an audience we get the Heads Up.