theatre: Mojo

Thanks to a friend who had received free tickets (thanks Emma!), on the 16th I saw the play Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre. It was one on my list to see, mainly due to Rupert Grint starring in it to be honest, so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to see it.

All I knew about this show before seeing it was that it was written by Jez Butterworth and had a very much star-littered cast. Alongside Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), on stage were Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas, Peter and Alice), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Daniel Mays and Tom Rhys Harries. Despite a minimal cast they certainly made an impact when on stage.

The play overall was incredibly intense. I must admit at times I was confused as to what was happening during the show but I think that’s because Butterworth’s writing style is one that differs to maybe what I’m used to. It’s a show that required me to do a little bit of research afterwards to fully understand the context and content, but I actually enjoy that because I think it’s a good sign if a show still provokes you to think about it even after you’ve left the theatre.

Imagine late 1950’s Soho, a growing career in the music, the tumultuous feeling of losing what you own, dealing with crooks and murder and that’s really the only way I could quickly put this play into words? Despite being described as a comedy I would definitely say some parts of Mojo are not for the faint hearted. Simply the language used was a shock for me at first! Certainly I’m not a stranger to strong language, I’m a teenager and I currently live in South London, I’m used to swearing, but the lengths to which it was used in Mojo was almost hilariously shocking. It only added to the feel of the play though and attributed to the character’s emotions.

Rupert Grint and Daniel Mays opened the play as ‘Sweets’ and ‘Potts’ and they became the characters I enjoyed seeing the most as they were key in talking the audience through the narrative most of the time. Their erraticism grew majorly throughout the play aligned with the events happening which for me displayed fantastic acting especially from Grint as this was his stage debut.

All performers gave such a strong show, and as I mentioned before there was such a small cast but they all made it seem like a very big impacting performance. The play poked at intrigue and thrilled but also certainly fit the ‘comedy’ bill with audience members in fits of shocked and also genuine laughter at points.

So it’s not for the prude or faint hearted and possibly hard to keep up with at points but it’s a show I’m very glad to have seen as it deserves the praise it’s been receiving, with a stellar cast and interesting content!

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