Written with deft humour, Mouthpiece is a sharp scalpel used to dissect the highly sensitive and nuanced issues of representation, consent, agency and the ongoing ignorance between the opposing ends of the class system.
The overwritten script needs significant cutting and dramaturgical streamlining, but it has a dynamic premise that looks at an often-ignored demographic.
A playwright wants to write a play about patricide, but with an actual criminal onstage instead of an actor. Initial research leads him to a young man called Martin Santos, serving consecutive life sentences in Belmarsh for killing his father.
The show revolves around three couples; central are husband and wife Steven and Amelia, whose clashes over television choices mask deeper communication problems in their relationship. Amelia is a Kardashian fanatic and composer Steven loves Mozart, dismissing his lawyer wife’s obsession.