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Lost in Mozart

Fri 5th – Sat 27th Aug 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“very real themes of social exclusion and youth disaffection”

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SUMMARY

London riots bring the issues portrayed by Lost In Mozart into sharp focus.

The recent news stories of rioting have brought a greater sense of gravity to the show’s very real themes of social exclusion and youth disaffection.

As we promote our well-received show on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile with a perception challenging ‘Hug-a-hoodie’ stunt, the London riots have been a recurring talking point.

Developed out of real life experiences, Lost In Mozart challenges the typical depictions of council estate gang culture, setting a story of real beauty in the harsh urban landscape of North London, and carrying an ultimately hopeful message.

“An urban musical that builds a drama with the scale of a Greek tragedy” Steve May, playwright, screenwriter, and producer with Westminster films

The contrasting themes of the script are reflected in the staging, with live classical music playing against urban grime beats to soundtrack the lives of the characters. This unique soundscape drives the narrative towards its majestic climax, where the two main characters rap about how forgiveness takes more courage than revenge over the soaring orchestral music of Mozart’s Requiem.

“A very compelling read...a vibrant, extremely well conceived story showing an in-depth knowledge of the world it depicts” Sophie Balhetchet, producer of Ballykissangel, and Imagine Me and You, Lost In Mozart is a new stageplay by screenwriter and novellist Jeff Nottingham. Jeff spent 8 years living and working at the OK Club on the South Kilburn estate, and witnessed first hand the violent antagonism between ‘SK” and the nearby Mozart estate. Yet Lost In Mozart is a depiction of this world that seeks to tell a different story to the prevalent media rhetoric of ‘hoodies’ and ‘knife thugs’. In Jeff’s experience, whilst the young people find a strong identity in their ‘endz’ and verbally exhibit hostility towards the rival estate, most of them do not actively seek out violence.

The play features live ‘spittin’, with lyrics developed in a series of workshops with young people from both the South Kilburn and Mozart estates. These workshops took place at the OK Club in South Kilburn, and The Avenues Youth Club in Mozart, and were delivered by Urban Mission TV, a YouTube channel that promotes positive values and encourages the personal development of young people through the arts. Recordings of the young people’s music will be on sale after the play, with all proceeds returned to the artists themselves.

“The story rocks...it’s a story with something to say, which says it

coherently, and it’s something worth saying. And it’s moving.”

Clive Bradley, writer of Waking the Dead and WdeltaZ

Admission: £5(£6.50) – £8.50(£7.50)

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