Stumble on your way out of the Menier’s restaurant and you can, literally, roll down the ramp through The Bunker’s front door. The two upstairs, downstairs theatres are currently serving up two, very different, musicals: She Loves Me and Muted.
Muted is tender and thoughtful, beautifully reflective in the way it probes into the different ways in which we grieve. And it uses its structure well, songs are less about narrative propulsion but saying what the characters don’t yet have the emotional articulacy to say out loud.
It’s not a big, showy American musical, but one that is distinctly and quietly British. With more development and dramaturgical support, Muted will really shine.
This sensitive and simply presented story of guilt and grief has plenty to break the heart, but equally gets you thinking about how other people’s actions affect your reactions.
It’s a brave ask that has any composers title their show Muted – a name that by its very nature suppresses aural beauty. In this new musical that has been a long time in development, we meet Michael a former rock singer, who has been left mute following the traumatic death of his mother.
Muted, A New British Musical premieres at The Bunker, London’s new underground venue, where it runs from 7 December 2016 to 7 January 2017. I chatted to Sarah about the piece…
A brand new theatre, named The Bunker, is opening in a former underground car park in Southwark Street, with an inaugural season that includes new drama from Philip Ridley and a world premiere British musical, Muted.
Muted, being staged in a concert performance in early February, looks like an interesting and exciting venture, with the gig being timed to mark its album’s launch. Penned by the double-hyphened partnership of Tim Prottey-Jones and Tori Allen-Martin from Sarah Henley’s book, Muted re-works the original musical After The Turn, a 2012 production that itself received much acclaim with Mark Shenton dubbing it “the British Rent”.
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I first came across Tim Prottey-Jones when I saw Once at the Phoenix Theatre, where Tim was playing music shop owner Billy. When I saw that he was releasing an album, I quickly made contact to see if I could listen and review for my site, feeling intrigued as to what kind of songs would be on there. Tim is a versatile multi-faceted musician, who has an immense wealth of experience in both performance and production of high quality music. Now starring in Kinky Boots, just what does his latest offering give us?